Pandas are mysterious animals... In which family is the panda ? Are pandas bears or marsupials ? What is a marsupial ?
At Panda universe, there are only pandas that are addictive ! So we are very well placed to answer these kinds of questions, because we are well documented on the subject.
No, pandas are not marsupials 🙅. The pandas are bear !
In this blog we will see it together :
- Why the panda is not a marsupial
- What is a marsupial
Come on, let's go !
The PANDA is not a MARSUPIAL !
1) THE PANDA IS A BEAR :
The panda is a species of mammal who belongs to the bear family. The panda is a little bear, it is therefore not considered a marsupial ! Bears are massive and stocky animals with an elongated muzzle and dense fur, large paws with five non-retractable claws and a short tail. Their diet can be omnivorous and mostly vegetarian. But polar bears are carnivorous, and lgiant herbivorous pandas.
2) THE PANDA IS A UNIQUE BEAR :
After the summer, the species of the northern hemisphere spend the winter in caves, dens for protect yourself from the cold 🥶. Their body temperature drops and their vital organs remain active, including for the gestation of females. During the winter period, bears do not feed not and draw on their fat reserves accumulated during the summer and autumn. Although living in the northern hemisphere, the giant panda 🐼 is an exception to the rule. It does not hibernate, but migrates to lower altitudes to continue feeding.
BUT THEN, WHAT IS A MARSUPIAL ?
Okay, a panda is a bear that does not hibernate. But what is a marsupial ?
1) DEFINITION OF MARSUPIAL :
These animals carry almost all their babies in a pocket on their belly, called marsupium. Newborns are embryos that reach the marsupium pocket by swimming along a birth canal made in mother's fur. They cling to a pacifier to continue their development for several weeks or even months by speciesS. embryos remain attached to nipples until weaning.
2) AUSTRALIAN MARSUPIALS :
The Australian continent, with more than 200 species recorded, has the largest number of marsupial species. But these marsupials, like the koala, are now in danger because of the recurrent bushfires that plague Australia. Indeed, the forest fire of the beginning of the year 2020 caused the death of more than a billion animals.
- Red kangaroo
The red kangaroo, Macropus rufus, with a weight of reach 90 kilos and a height of 1.5 meters, is considered the largest marsupial world. 😲
- Eastern grey kangaroo
We continue with the eastern grey kangarooweight can reach 66 kilograms for a height of almost 2 meters. Besides these examples the heaviest marsupial, the largest marsupial and the smallest marsupial, there are a multitude of other species of intermediate size.
- Swamp Wallaby
They look to kangaroos, these are actually two distinct species. The bicolor wallaby is a smaller and more common marsupial of which survival is not currently at risk.
- Common Wombat
The common wombat is a marsupial that weighs between 3 and 7 kilos. The appearance of the Wombat is gentle, which is why a long time ago it was sometimes adopted as a pet, which is now banned. The Wombat is the hero of Australian wildfires, he has indeed saved other animals from certain death ! ☠️
3) ARGENTINE MARSUPIALS :
From Northern Argentina to Patagonia, there are 24 species marsupial.
- White-eared possum
The white-eared possum is a possum of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. This marsupial does not have a, but three vaginas. It is the one in the center that gives birth to the embryos, the other two are used for fertilization. Males have a forked penis.
4) MEXICAN MARSUPIALS :
- Four-eyed gray possum
The four-eyed gray possum lives in southern Mexico and Central and South America. It feeds on various insects, as well as reptiles, rodents and fruits.
- Water possum
Water possum is the only aquatic marsupial to the world. It lives in lakes and rivers of Mexico. It feeds on fish, crustaceans and amphibians.
5) TASMANIAN MARSUPIALS :
- Tasmanian devils
The most common marsupial in Tasmania is the famous Tasmanian Devil himself. It is now known as the largest carnivorous marsupial world.
6) COLOMBIAN MARSUPIALS :
There are about 30 species of marsupials in Colombia, the most well-known are the possum species.
- Caenolestes fuliginosus
It is a small nocturnal marsupial endangered. It lives south of Valdivia, Antioquia and feeds mainly oninsects and fruit.
- Opossum Colombian mouse
This Colombian mouse possum, is a small marsupial which lives in the tropical and subtropical forests of Colombia.
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As we just saw, the giant panda is not a marsupial but an adorable vegetarian bear. There are also no marsupials in China today, although China is the birthplace of this species of mammal.
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