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10 Fun Facts About the Adorable Koala

I am a nerdy-nerd when it comes to random fun facts. Every time I watch TV or a movie, I am always there with my phone in hand looking up the random facts on IMDb about the production and each of the main actors. Since I was a kid I have also been really into animal fun facts as well. I used to subscribe to an animal conservation subscription that sent animal fact sheets each month, and I would keep them all in a binder and I memorized them to my ability. It’s a totally nerdy thing to do, right?

I thought I would share my love of fun facts with you all and start off with the adorable koala. They’re adorable looking, but what makes them tick — what do they eat, and are they as cute in personality as they look?

  • 10 Fun Facts About the Koala 1 of 11
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    Koalas aren't just cute, they're totally interesting too!

    Photo credit: adapted from sporkist / Flickr

  • Iconic Symbol, but Not a Bear 2 of 11
    01-29

    "The koala, an iconic Australian symbol, is often called the "koala bear," but it is actually a marsupial, not a bear." — LiveScience

    Photo credit: sporkist/Flickr

  • They Sleep At Night! 3 of 11
    02-33

    "Koalas are largely nocturnal." — LiveScience

    Photo credit: Vintuitive/Flickr

  • They Like to be Alone 4 of 11
    03-28

    "Koalas are solitary animals that typically have a certain territory. " — LiveScience

    Photo credit: Alois Staudacher/Flickr

  • They’re Kinda Big! 5 of 11
    04-27

    "A full-grown adult male weighs around 30 pounds (12.5 kilograms) and about 2.6 feet (81 centimeters) in length, while a female weighs up to 22 pounds (10 kg) and grows to 2.4 feet (73 cm)." — LiveScience

    Photo credit: istolethetv/Flickr

  • They Have Similar Hands to Us 6 of 11
    05-29

    "Koalas have 5 digits on each front paw, two of which are opposed to the others, much like our thumbs are able to be moved differently from the fingers." — WildLifeExtra

    Photo credit: pelican/Flickr

  • They Aren’t High 7 of 11
    06-27

    Many say that the koalas sleep so much because they're high off of the leaves they eat, but that's not true! "Most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous, low-nutrition diet and sleeping is the best way to conserve energy." — WildLifeExtra

    Photo credit: Webbaliah/Flickr

  • They Have Many Babies 8 of 11
    07-23

    "Younger breeding females usually give birth to one joey each year, depending on a range of factors. However, not all females in a wild population will breed each year. Some, especially older females, will produce offspring only every two or three years." — WildLifeExtra

    Photo credit: indeliblemistakes/Flickr

  • 3-Years-Old and an Adult! 9 of 11
    08-23
    "Koalas are fully grown by their third or fourth year. By this time they need to have found their own home range, either in a home range left vacant by a dead koala or in a new area of the forest. " — WildLifeExtra Photo credit: TravOC/Flickr
  • LOUD NOISES! 10 of 11
    09-19

    "Koalas also communicate with each other by making a range of noises. The most startling and unexpected of these in such a seemingly gentle animal is a sound like a loud snore and then a belch, known as a ‘bellow.'" — WildLifeExtra

    Photo credit: obliot/Flickr

  • They’ve Been Around a While! 11 of 11
    10-13

    "Koala fossils found in Australia have been dated as long ago as 20 million years." — ScienceKids

    Photo credit: obliot/Flickr

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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from  on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!

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