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Carnivorous Marsupials

Explore the Fascinating World of Carnivorous Marsupials

When it comes to the fascinating wildlife that inhabits our planet, few places rival Australia. The land down under is well known for its array of marsupials, a group of mammals that raise their young in a pouch near the mother’s abdomen. But what many may not know is that some Australian marsupials are also carnivorous predators. Let’s take a closer look at these unique creatures.

The carnivores are the most ancient of the continents marsupials.

Millions of years ago giant marsupial predators roamed Australia. They have since disappeared but their descendants – marsupial carnivores or meat-eaters – live with us today.

The largest marsupial carnivores like the Quoll and Tasmanian Tiger, stalk and eat birds, reptiles, wallabies – anything they can kill! But most of the marsupial carnivores are smaller than these meat eaters and eat only insects. The smallest of all are the marsupial mice and phascogales, tiny rat like creatures. Unique among the carnivores is the stripy numbat a type of marsupial ant eater whose diet consists almost entirely on termites – eating up to 10,000 a day.

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Like other marsupials the meat eaters give birth to tiny unformed babies that are protected by the mother until they are fully developed. Many of the marsupial carnivores have a shallow depression instead of the deep pouches of kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.

Carnivorous marsupials may not be as common as their herbivorous relatives but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our attention! From the fearsome Tasmanian devil to the elusive numbat – these unique creatures have much to teach us about ecology and evolution if we give them a chance. With proper conservation efforts in place we can help ensure that these magnificent animals will continue to be part of life down under for generations to come.

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