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Habitats

Marsupials fill all the same niches as placentals mammals do elsewhere, and consequently are seen in all major terrestrial habitats.

Australian marsupials have the widest range of habitats, due to the wider range of environment available, from different types of forest, scrubs and grasslands to the Australian Alps and deserts. American marsupials are found primarily in forests, either arboreal or living on the forest floor. The same is true for marsupials from New Guinea and the nearby islands.

There are no true aquatic marsupials, although there is the water opossum and the latrine opossum which forage effectively in streams and lakes.