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The koala is broadly similar in appearance to the wombat (its closest living relative), but has a thicker coat, much larger ears, and longer limbs. The koala has large, sharp claws to assist with climbing tree trunks. Weight varies from about 14 kg for a large southern male, to about 5 kg for a small northern female. The koala's five fingers are arranged with opposable thumbs, providing better gripping ability. The first two fingers are positioned in apposition on the front paws, and the first three fingers for the hind paws.

The koala is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are similar to human fingerprints; even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two. A Koala Skeleton The teeth of the koala are adapted to their herbivorous diet, and are similar to those of other diprotodont marsupials, such as kangaroos and wombats.

Koala Facts

Koala Facts

- Although the koala is colloquially referred to as the “koala bear”, the koala is actually a marsupial, like a kangaroo.

- A koala’s young are roughly the size of bees when they are born.

- After birth, a koala’s young then grow inside a pouch on their mother’s belly.

- Koalas have two opposable thumbs per hand.

- To avoid tiring itself out, the koala moves very slowly and sleeps for 19 hours a day.

- Koalas spend about three of their five waking hours simply eating.

- The koala’s diet is almost entirely eucalyptus leaves; they can eat up to 2 pounds of eucalyptus leaves a day.

- The koala is considered to be a species of “Least Concern”

- they aren’t currently in danger of becoming extinct.

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