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Australian Possums, Gliders



Cuscus, Brushtail Possums

Black-spotted Cuscus
(Spilocuscus rufoniger)
Black-spotted Cuscus
The Black-spotted Cuscus is one of the largest species of cuscus. Females are larger than males. The body is reddish. Females have a dark saddle on their backs, and males have an area of dark mottling or spots. The fur is dense and wooly.... Click to continue>
Spotted Cuscus
(Spilocuscus maculatus)
Spotted Cuscus
The Spotted Cuscus has thick woolly fur and is variable in colour. The female is a creamy color and the male ranges from creamy-grey to orange-rust colour with irregular spots. Some juveniles are white. The skin is yellowish pink. It has very small... Click to continue>
Common Brushtail Possum
(Trichosurus vulpecula)
Common Brushtail Possum
The Common Brushtail Possum is a large possum with bushy tail and pointed ears. Grey with a black band across the snout, they have a white to brownish-yellow belly. It is nocturnal and, during the day, retreats to a hollow log, branch, tree trunk or... Click to continue>
Mountain Brushtail Possum
(Trichosurus cunninghami)
Mountain Brushtail Possum
The Mountain Brushtail Possum is grey above and whitish below. Some forms are black. Short rounded ears. The Common Brushtail Possum is similar but has more pointed ears. Click to continue>
Northern Brushtail Possum
(Trichosurus arnhemensis)
Northern Brushtail Possum
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. Click to continue>

Feathertail Glider

Feathertail Glider
(Acrobates pygmaeus)
Feathertail Glider
The Feathertail glider is the size of a mouse with grey/brown back and white belly. The only glider with a flattened tail that looks like a feather. It can glide up to 20m using its tail as a rudder. Click to continue>

Gliders

Squirrel Glider
(Petaurus norfolcensis)
Squirrel Glider
The Squirrel Glider looks similar to the Sugar Glider but is larger and has more pointed nose, narrower ears and bushier furry tail. The underside is white Click to continue>
Sugar Glider
(Petaurus breviceps)
Sugar Glider
The Sugar Glider is a small possum. It has a membrane from its fifth finger to the back ankle. Using the membrane it can glide about 50 m between trees. In flight, it uses its long bushy tail for balance and steering. It is most active at night,... Click to continue>
Yellow-bellied Glider
(Petaurus australis)
Yellow-bellied Glider
The Yellow-bellied Glider is grey above and creamy to orange below. It is larger than the Sugar Glider and Squirrel Glider and has longer fluffy tail Click to continue>

Ringtail Possums

Greater Glider
(Petauroides volans)
Greater Glider
The Greater Glider the largest glider. It is dark grey or mottled cream and grey above, with whitish underside. The tail is long and furry. The snout is short and ears are large. Click to continue>
Common Ringtail Possum
(Pseudocheirus peregrinus)
Common Ringtail Possum
The Common Ringtail Possum is grey-brown on the back with white underneath. Immatures are reddish brown. It has a long white tipped prehensile tail which can be used carrying nesting materials as well as for gripping branches when climbing. It has... Click to continue>
Green Ringtail Possum
(Pseudocheirus archeri)
Green Ringtail Possum
The Green Ringtail Possum has thick soft greenish fur, with white patches below eyes and ears. Fur has mixture of black, grey, yellow and white giving it a greenish appearance. Click to continue>
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