The only native North American marsupial is the Virginia opossum, a solitary nocturnal animal and the largest type of opossum. It's a scavenger that eats roadkill, grass, nuts, fruit, mice, snakes, worms and small birds.
Marsupials are mammals that differ from other mammals in their anatomy and reproductive mode. The marsupial fetus does not fully develop in the mother's womb due to a lack of a placenta for nourishment. The newborns are tiny, blind and hairless. Immediately after birth, a baby marsupial crawls into its mother's pouch, where it receives nourishment from a nipple and is protected until it is able to care for itself. Australia and New Guinea are home to the most diverse population of marsupials, which include kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.Learn More
Sugar gliders are native to Australia and New Guinea. They live in forested areas, and they are named for their ability to leap and glide from tree to tree. Their gliding ability is derived from a flap of skin that connects their front and back legs and acts like a parachute as they fly through the air.Full Answer >
The majority of tree kangaroo species are native to Papua New Guinea, particularly on the Huon Peninsula in the northeastern part of the country. Tree kangaroos are also found on the continent of Australia and in the province of West Papua.Full Answer >
Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar, located off the southeast edge of Africa. The small primates, known for their unusual appearance and curious behavior, live primarily in trees, although some larger varieties of lemur live on the ground, according to National Geographic.Full Answer >
Currently there are no species of cheetah that live on the North American continent. However, scientists have researched their ancient habitats and discovered that cheetahs may have evolved in North America around 10,000 years ago.Full Answer >