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Why do most marsupials live in Australia and those areas and no where else?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7981points) May 26th, 2010

For example – the kangaroo, the wombat, the koala, the wallaby… they’re mostly found in Australia. Why?

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ragingloli's avatar

Because of that big puddle called the pacific ocean. it tends to isolate ecosystems and results in very different evolutionary results compared to the rest of the world.

Draconess25's avatar

What about possums?

Trillian's avatar

Oh honey. Do you really think so? Maybe it’s because I grew up seeing them. Their tails remind me of rats, and they are gross cannibals. If one gets hit on the road, in about half an hour you can see another one out there eating the dead one. Their eyes are often pink and their fur is a dirty white. They look cute in the cartoons, and I have actually seen the mother carrying some of her young suspended from her tail, they really do do that, but mostly they are like big rats. They have musk glands that stink which they use as their defense mechanism and the smell is pretty rank.

Draconess25's avatar

Then again, I think skunks & mice are cute, too. And I lot of people don’t like them either.

Primobabe's avatar

Poor lil’ oppossums. They have snarly facial expressions that make them look vicious, but they’re really very timid and mostly defenseless.

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