Microbiotheria - Monito del Monte
There is only one species in this order, the Monito del Monte, or little mountain monkey. The Monito del Monte is a semi-arboreal South American marsupial that scientists believe is more closely related to Australasian marsupials than it is to marsupials in the Americas.
The Monito del Monte is the size of a mouse. It has a prehensile tail; brown fur; short, round ears; and black rings around its eyes. It is nocturnal and eats insects, larvae, and pupae that is finds on tree branches and and in tree bark.
The Monito del Monte breeds once a year. Females build a nest of bamboo and sticks 3-10 feet off the ground. The average litter is 1-4 young. The babies climb into the mother pouch and attach themselves to one of four teats. They stay in the pouch for around two months. The female will continue to feed them for another two or three months.
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