Marsupials, such as kangaroos, koalas and bandicoots, are primarily found in Australia. In fact, just over 70% of the 334 known marsupial species are located Down Under. The rest of them are located in Central and South America, except for one species that makes its home in North America: the Opossum. Opossums are sometimes falsely referred to as possums, but this name really only applies to the opossum's distant Aussie relatives.
(Photo via Tony Campbell) What do flying squirrels and Buzz Lightyear have in common? They don't actually fly. Instead, the squirrels glide using a furry parachute-like membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles. There are about 44 different species of flying squirrel, the largest being the woolly flying squirrel.
(Photo via Gerald A. DeBoer) While a full-grown raccoon may prove to be a trash-raiding pest, you can`t deny that they make for cute babies. These young bandits are born without teeth, and only weigh about 75 grams. They spend the first few weeks of life in the nest, which might be a tree hollow or underneath your porch. They begin foraging alongside their mother at about 2-months-old.