Like primates, marsupials are a type of mammal. One thing all members of this family have in common is a pouch.

The most famous marsupial is the kangaroo, but there are many others, such as wallabies, opossums, koalas, and wombats. What makes marsupials different from primates or rodents (who are also mammals) is that the mothers have pouches to hold their young. This is because when marsupial babies are born, they're not quite ready for the world, so the pouch gives them a chance to grow and be safe before having to live on their own. When you think marsupial, think "pouch."

Definitions of marsupial

n mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried

pouched mammal
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opossum, possum
nocturnal arboreal marsupial having a naked prehensile tail found from southern North America to northern South America
opossum rat
terrestrial marsupials of southern South America that resemble shrews
any of various agile ratlike terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous
any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
opossum, phalanger, possum
small furry Australian arboreal marsupials having long usually prehensile tails
burrowing herbivorous Australian marsupials about the size of a badger
dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial
small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
Notoryctus typhlops, marsupial mole, pouched mole
small burrowing Australian marsupial that resembles a mole
Didelphis marsupialis, Didelphis virginiana, common opossum
omnivorous opossum of the eastern United States; noted for feigning death when in danger; esteemed as food in some areas; considered same species as the crab-eating opossum of South America
crab-eating opossum
South American opossum
Macrotis lagotis, bilby, rabbit bandicoot, rabbit-eared bandicoot
bandicoot with leathery ears like a rabbit
Macropus giganteus, giant kangaroo, great grey kangaroo
very large greyish-brown Australian kangaroo formerly abundant in open wooded areas
brush kangaroo, wallaby
any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored
Hypsiprymnodon moschatus, musk kangaroo
small kangaroo of northeastern Australia
kangaroo rat, rat kangaroo
any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
woolly-haired monkey-like arboreal marsupial of New Guinea and northern Australia
Trichosurus vulpecula, brush-tailed phalanger
bushy-tailed phalanger
flying opossum, flying phalanger, flying squirrel
nocturnal phalangers that move with gliding leaps using parachute-like folds of skin along the sides of the body
Phascolarctos cinereus, kangaroo bear, koala, koala bear, native bear
sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
any of several more or less arboreal marsupials somewhat resembling martens
Tasmanian tiger, Tasmanian wolf, Thylacinus cynocephalus, thylacine
rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
Sarcophilus hariisi, Tasmanian devil, ursine dasyure
small ferocious carnivorous marsupial having a mostly black coat and long tail
marsupial mouse, marsupial rat, pouched mouse
any of numerous small sharp-nosed insectivorous marsupials superficially resembling mice or rats
Myrmecobius fasciatus, anteater, banded anteater, numbat
small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
Type of:
primitive pouched mammals found mainly in Australia and the Americas

adj of or relating to the marsupials

marsupial animals”

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