Animals of the world, Koala

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  • Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. It is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial
  • Their pelage colour ranges from silver grey to chocolate brown with a cream-coloured chest, and strong, clawed feet
  • The koala has the most effective insulating back fur of any marsupial and is highly resilient to wind and rain
  • The koala is about 60 to 85 cm (24 to 33 inches) long and weighs up to 14 kg (31 pounds)
  • Koalas are Virtually tailless with stout bodies and large heads with round, fluffy ears
  • Koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves. Generally solitary, individuals move within a home range of more than a dozen trees, one of which is favoured over the others
  • To aid in digesting as much as 1.3 kg (3 pounds) of leaves daily
  • Because this eucalyptus diet has limited nutritional and caloric content koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day
  • They are predominantly active at night and spend most of their waking hours feeding
  • Koalas are asocial animals and spend just 15 minutes a day on social behaviours
  • Adult males communicate with loud bellows that sound like growls
  • A koala can live to about 15 years of age in the wild

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