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Important Notes About Koala Bears

  • Koalas can live as long as 17 years.
  • Koalas prefer to move around after sunset, and spend most of the day sleeping.
  • Koalas live in eastern Australia. They require large corridors of connected forest.
  • The habitat of koalas is threatened by urbanization. Koalas live in eucalyptus tree forests.
  • Koalas eat the eucalyptus leaves and most of the water in their diets comes from the leaves or water that is on the leaves.
  • The Koala Bear ranges in weight from 11 lbs to 26 lbs. It has 5 fingers, including 2 opposable thumbs, and long claws. The koala has fingerprints, similar to human fingerprints. It is a generally silent animal but may give a loud cry when under stress. Like kangaroo babies, baby koalas are called joeys, and they remain in the mothers' pouches for up to six months. When a joey is born, it has no fur or ears, and it is blind. It may be only 1/4 inch long at birth. At about 22 weeks, it will begin to see and will look out of the pouch. After a joey leaves the pouch, it may ride on its mother's back for a while. Like kangaroo babies, baby koalas are called joeys, and they remain in the mothers' pouches for up to six months. When a joey is born, it has no fur or ears, and it is blind. It may be only 1/4 inch long at birth. At about 22 weeks, it will begin to see and will look out of the pouch. After a joey leaves the pouch, it may ride on its mother's back for a while.


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