Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 2: Wildlife Populations

Parenting Strategy: Marsupial

There are some animals which don't use any of these parenting strategies. When marsupials give birth, their offspring have no fur and are unable to do anything on their own. The babies (which are called joeys) make their way to a special pocket—or pouch—on the mother's underside, where they stay until they are fully developed.


Virginia OpossumOpossums are the only marsupials in North America! Joeys spend their first 4 months in mom's pouch. Once they leave the pouch, they will ride on their mom's back until they are too big to fit.

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