Quokkas are the world’s happiest animal – and we have the facts to prove it! Check out our quokka fun facts for kids and prepare to be amused. Join Albert as he explores these amazing quokka facts for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Click on the images to hear silly sounds and then read about fun quokka facts like what do quokkas look like?, what sound do quokkas make?, how big are quokkas?, what do quokkas eat?, where do quokkas live?, and more fun facts about quokkas for kids!
What do quokkas look like?
Quokkas are mammals which means that they are warm-blooded, have fur and they feed milk to their babies.
Quokkas are also called short-tailed scrub wallabies. They look like little kangaroos. They are marsupials like other wallabies which means that they carry their babies around in a pouch.
Quokkas are gray-brown in color and their faces are incredibly cute! They have rounded ears, a short snout and black nose. See if you can find some photos of them online. Do you think they look cute?
What sound do quokkas make?
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Quokkas make a hissing, squeaking noise.
How big are quokkas?
Quokkas weigh between 5 and 11 pounds (2-5 kilograms) and grow up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) long with a 12-inch (30 centimeter) tail.
They are a similar size to a pet cat.
What do quokkas eat?
Quokkas are herbivores which means that they only eat plants.
They eat grasses, bark and leaves.
Where do quokkas live?
Quokkas are only found in southwest Australia. They live in places where there is plenty of vegetation like grasses and trees.
Some like climbing trees to escape from predators. They sleep in thorny bushes to keep them safe.
More fun facts about quokkas for kids
- Because quokkas live in hot places, they need lots of water. They can dig holes in the ground to scoop out water, a bit like a well.
- Quokkas are nocturnal which means that they are awake at night. They forage for food in the dark and sleep in the shade during the day.
- Due to the shape of their mouth and their cheeks, quokkas always look as though they are smiling! They are also very friendly animals and will walk up to people and greet them with an adorable smile!
- Quokkas store fat in their tails. This helps them when there isn’t much food for them to eat. It works in the same way as a camel’s hump.
- Like kangaroos, baby quokkas are called joeys.
- Mother quokkas may drop their baby from their pouch if a predator is about to attack. The baby distracts the predator while the mother runs away!
- Because of their cute looks, people love to take selfies with quokkas in the wild.
Sources: Wikipedia, Live Science, Creative Commons, Britannica.com and Freesound.org
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