Marsupials at Play

"The Wombat is probably the most playful marsupial. While most animals become less playful as they get older, the wombat plays a great deal even when they are adults! As they run and play, wombats will often do shoulder roles and somersaults."

 

Red-Necked Wallaby

The Red-Necked Wallaby only plays while it is young, and mostly it engages in play fighting. It paws like a boxer, and it uses its arms and feet to swing at other young wallabies! This is called sparing. This type of play fighting is a way for young males to practice fighting techniques for when they are older.

 

Sugar Glider

The Sugar Glider plays with a purpose. Mostly, it practices techniques that it will use later in life for defense against predators and other gliders.  Sugar Glider play fighting includes gentle slapping, playful lunges, hiss and chit noises.

 

 

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