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  Northern Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus arnhemensis)





Northern Brushtail Possum | Trichosurus arnhemensis photo
Possum in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Image by Stephen Barnett - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Northern Brushtail Possum is reddish-grey. Females are silver-grey. They have short thick fur. The tail is bare underneath and short-haired above.

Other Names
Northern Brush Possum

Size
head and body 36-46cm. Tail 25-30cm. It is smaller than the Common Brushtail.

Habitat
Forest and woodland. They rest in tree hollows during the day. They are mostly arboreal, but also spent a fair bit of time on the ground.

Food
Mainly leaves, blossoms and fruit. Occasionally eats invertebrates,

Breeding
Breeds all year round. A single young is born 17-18 days after mating and spends 4-5 months in the pouch, attached to one of two teats. A further 1-2 months are spent suckling and riding on the mothers back until fully weaned.

Range
tropical parts of Northern Territory and Western Australia



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Phalangeridae
Genus:Trichosurus
Species:arnhemensis
Common Name:Northern Brushtail Possum

Relatives in same Genus
  Mountain Brushtail Possum (T. cunninghami)
  Common Brushtail Possum (T. vulpecula)