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Marsupials Trivia


  1. The name marsupial is derived from the Latin word marsupium, which means what?
  2. What are all marsupial babies called?
  3. Which marsupials were often called badgers by early Australian settlers because of their size and habit?
  4. What term is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo?
  5. What is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world? It gets its name for what early colonists considered to be its ghostly howling and viciousness?

  6. The name of which small Australian digging marsupial became a household name after the 1996 release of a PlayStation game?
  7. Koalas typically only eat the leaves of what tree?
  8. What is the common name for Australia’s termite-eating banded anteater?
  9. Whats most unusual about a wombat's poo?
  10. Can you name the only marsupial native to North America?
  11. The eastern gray kangaroo is the heaviest marsupial in the world, but which kangaroo is the largest?
  12. What's the well known name for various Phalangeriformes? Phalangeriformes are small to medium tree dwelling marsupials native to Australia.
  13. Native to Australia, Macrotis is a genus of desert-dwelling marsupials known by what other name?
  14. In 1936, the last recorded member of which marsupial species died at Hobart Zoo in Tasmania?
  15. There are more than 500 wallabies living in the northern wetlands of which UK island?


  1. Pouch
  2. Joeys
  3. Wombats
  4. Wallaby (also accept wallaroo, which is intermediate in size between kangaroos and wallabies)
  5. Tasmanian devil
  6. Bandicoots (the game series was Crash Bandicoot)
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Numbat
  9. It's cube-shaped. Wombats are the only known species to produce cube shaped poo.
  10. Opossums (Virginia opossums)
  11. Red kangaroo
  12. Possums
  13. Bilbies (or rabbit-bandicoots)
  14. Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger
  15. Isle of Man (they escaped from a nearby wildlife park in the 1960s)