Common Brushtail Possum

Common Brushtail Possum

Check out Australia Zoo’s Common Brushtail Possum!

Meet one of the cutest marsupials calling Australia Zoo home!  If you keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team, you might just be lucky enough to meet our gorgeous common brushtail possums.

 

Common Brushtail Possum with head peeping out of a hole.

 

Common brushtail possums are found throughout all states and territories of Australia.  They are nocturnal and herbivorous, meaning  they feed on leaves, fruits and blossoms.  These gorgeous animals are a marsupial, so they have a pouch and give birth to underdeveloped young.  Their babies are called joeys and are born blind, hairless and cute as a button!  Joeys weigh around two grams at birth and are raised in mum’s pouch and carried on her back until they are more than 12 months of age.

 

Common Brushtail Possum peeping out of a whole up close to nose.

 

During daylight hours brushtail possums are known to retreat into dark tree hollows and inside roofs, only emerging to forage during the night.  Possums have a prehensile tail which allows them to stealthily and efficiently move through tree tops.  Common brushtail possums are a protected species in Australia and are often threatened by domestic pet attacks and car strikes.  Snakes, foxes and dingoes are also known to prey on them. 

 

White Common Brushtail Possum with claws on the edge of hole it is popping out of.

 

If you’re driving at night remember to keep your eyes open and drive carefully.  You little ripper!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Mammalia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Trichosurus

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    vulpecula

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    55 centimetres excluding tail

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    2 - 3.5 kilograms

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    16 - 18 days