Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Marsupials!

Lets face it- when it comes to marsupials, kangaroos get all the glory. And even though the inspiration necklace behind today's blog post features kangaroos, I thought that I would give a shout out to all the marsupials.

So, gather 'round- kangaroos, wombats, koalas, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, opossums, sugar gliders, and bandicoots- this one's for you!
  • Marsupials are distinguished from other mammals mainly due to their reproductive features. Most female marsupials carry their young in an abdominal flap, or "marsupium." The female marsupial lacks a sufficient placenta which is why the baby has a short gestation in the womb and spends a lot of it's development time in the marsupium. I think I just like saying marsupium.
  • Marsupials started off on one large continent; the continent that used to be Australia and South America. When the continents drifted, Australia got all the cute marsupials. South America got the opossum. The opossum made it's way north and is now the only marsupial in the United States.
  • Kangaroos and wallabies are excellent swimmers.
  • The opossum never stops growing. I'm a little freaked out by opossums.
  • When a Tasmanian devil is frightened, its ears turn bright red. My ears turn bright read when I am embarrassed or drunk. Fact.
  • Koalas rarely drink water because they get most of their hydration from eucalyptus leaves.
  • Fewest nipples? Koalas and wombats with 2. Most nipples? The opossum with 27. Ugh, opossums are creepy.
  • The wombats teeth are rootless, which means they continuously grow throughout their lifetimes.
  • Just like kangaroos, sugar glider babies are called joeys.
  • The bandicoot eats mice and other small rodents. Once it catches its prey, the bandicoot kneeds the rodent into a small pulp. Then eats it. The bandicoot has poor table manners.
And here's a necklace featuring the "rock stars" of the marsupial world. http://www.etsy.com/listing/65167170/kangaroos-necklace-retro-rockabilly

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