The common ringtail possum weighs between 550 and 1100 g. It has grey fur with white patches behind the eyes and usually a cream coloured belly. It has a long prehensile tail which normally displays a distinctive white tip over 25% of its length. The back feet are syndactyl which helps it to climb. The molar teeth of the ringtail possum is similar to that of the koala and the greater glider with the four major cusps being shaped into crescentic blades.
Ringtail possums are found along the eastern coastline of Australia, Tasmania, and the south-western corner of western Australia. They generally live in temperature and tropical environments and are rare in drier areas. Ringtail possums prefer forests of dense brush. The common ringtail possum and its relatives occupy a range of niches in a matter similar of lemurs, monkeys, squirrels, and bushbabies in similar forests on other continents.
Seen during the day, disturbed by noisy miners.
Lat: -28.32, Long: 153.46
Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012
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