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Common Ringtail Possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus


The common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Greek for "false hand" and Latin for "pilgrim" or "alien") is an Australian marsupial. It lives in a variety of habitats and eats a variety of leaves of both native and introduced plants, as well as flowers and fruits. This possum also consumes a special type of faeces that is produced during the daytime when it is resting in a nest. This behaviour is called coprophagia and is similar to that seen in rabbits.


Ranges on the east coast of Australia, as well as Tasmania and a part of southwestern Australia. They generally live in temperate and tropical environments and are rare in drier environments. Ringtail possums prefer forests of dense brush, particularly eucalyptus forests. This one was spotted in my backyard. They are common in urban areas.


I found this little fellow yesterday afternoon nesting in a tree in my yard. I spotted the tail, then found the rest... and he was fast asleep. It's not often I see 'ringies' up so close, particularly during daylight hours, although the sunlight was fading fast hence a lot of clarity has been lost due to less-than-perfect light. I'm so thrilled to have spotted this little guy :-) Notice there is no fur on the inside of the tail, no doubt for better grip. PS: THIS LITTLE POSSUM IS A SUPERSTAR!!! haha 4 seconds of fame in the PN promo video, 35 seconds in from the start: A very happy possum :D

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Leanne. It was sheer luck that I spotted him.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Aaaaw he's so sleepy. Great find Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Tiz. He wasn't overly concerned about me, although I did keep a respectable distance. He was well hidden, and unless I saw the tail I would have missed him completely.

Tiz 8 years ago

What a dreamy looking little fellow! Nice information as well :)

HazelMarley 8 years ago

Haha! True, there! ;)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Photo 3 is now photo 1, Hazel. It wins the day :-)

HazelMarley 8 years ago

The 3rd and 4th pictures are amazing- love the cute little head in 3 and swirly tail in 4.

ShannaB 8 years ago

I like the third one too!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks folks. The tail is quite amazing. He's back in the tree this morning, tail wrapped around a branch and paws over the eyes - fast asleep on Christmas day.

Beautiful tail

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Yeah, so do I. Ringtails are really sweet.

RiekoS 8 years ago

Love it.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, staccyh. A lucky find more like. I was looking for cicadas in the tree but spotted the tail instead.

staccyh 8 years ago

Adorable. Nice find :)

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Dec 23, 2013
Submitted on Dec 24, 2013

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