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There are plenty of unique and interesting animal families around the world, but one of the most peculiar is the marsupial. Marsupials are mammals and they're the only animal who carries their young in a pouch. Marsupials give birth to relatively underdeveloped young and their babies then reside in their mother's pouch for a certain amount of time. Close to two thirds of all marsupials are found in Australia—including the mainland, Tasmania, New Guinea and other nearby islands. The other marsupials primarily live in South America, with the exception of the Virginia Opossum which is the only marsupial native to North America. 

There are currently 334 extant species of marsupials and many of our favorites have been illustrated by talented tattooers around the world. Take a peek at 75 of our favorite marsupial tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite marsupial of the bunch in the comments section on social media.  


Family: Macropodidae

Native To: Australia and New Guinea

Species: Red Kangaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo, and the Antilopine Kangaroo

In Popular Culture: "Kangaroo Jack" (2003)


Family: Macropodidae

Native To: Australia and New Guinea

Number of Species: 30

In Popular Culture: "Rocko's Modern Life" (1993-1996)


Family: Vombatidae

Native To: Australia 

Species: Common Wombat, Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

In Popular Culture: "Combat Wombat" (2020)

Tasmanian Devil

Family: Dasyuridae

Native To: Tasmania

Species: Tasmanian Devil

In Popular Culture: Taz of "Looney Tunes" (1954-Present)


Family: Phascolarctidae

Native To: Eastern and Southern Australia

Species: Queensland Koala, the New South Wales Koala and the Victorian Koala

In Popular Culture: Buster Moon in "Sing" (2016) and "Sing 2" (2021)


Family: Didelphidae

Native To: Western Hemisphere

Number of Species: 127

In Popular Culture: "Over the Hedge" (2006)


Family: Ornithorhynchidae

Native To: Eastern Australia and Tasmania

Species: Platypus

In Popular Culture: "Phineas and Ferb" (2007-2015)