Marsupial gallery: A pouchful of cute

North America's Marsupial

An opossum runs along a fence.

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Not known for its cuteness, the opossum is the most familiar marsupial in North America.

Wonderful Wombat

A wombat in grass.

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Wombats are badger-sized burrowers and the closest living relative to koalas.


A bandicoot roots in the forest.

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This rodent-like critter is a bandicoot, one of several small marsupials native to Australia.

Cute Quoll

A quoll in a zoo.

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Joining the bandicoot in the ranks of strangely-named marsupials is the quoll. These cat-sized creatures prey on other small mammals, including rabbits and opossums.

Red-legged Pademelon

A red-legged pademelon is closely related to the kangaroo.

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The smallest of the kangaroo-wallaby family are the pademelons, distinguishable by their diminutive size and nearly hairless tails. They live in mainly coastal areas in Australia.

Stephanie Pappas
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.