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The Feathertail Glider is the world's smallest gliding possum, and can leap and glide up to 25m. The second and third shots in this series show its flat feathery tail, for which it is named.
Open pine forest.
My husband Nathan (NathBig), a qualified Fauna Spotter/Catcher, rescued this one from a tree that was felled during roadworks near Yuleba. It was snuggled inside an abandoned bird nest. As it is a nocturnal animal, Nathan waited until after dark to release it back into the wild close to where it was rescued (see shots 5 & 6). Update 7/11/14 - Scientific name changed from Acrobates pygmaeus to A. frontalis and common name updated after locating new information re the identification of two separate Acrobates subspecies in the recently published 'Field Companion to the Mammals of Australia' (edited by Steve Van Dyck, Ian Gynther and Andrew Baker).
Spotted on Jan 24, 2014
Submitted on Jan 24, 2014
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