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Short-eared Possum

Trichosurus caninus


The third possum i've seen in as many nights. This guy is the same species as the possum spotting i uploaded a few days ago ( spotted in the same place) but very different in colour. These two spottings show how extremely different their colour variation can be. Body length 500 mm; tail length 400 mm; weight 4 kg. Cat-sized; usually dark slate-grey, but may be pure black; short round ears; tail not bushy near tip.


This species is endemic to south-eastern Australia, where it ranges from south-eastern Queensland and in southern coastal New South Wales to about Newcastle. It occurs from sea level up to 1,600 m asl. It is a nocturnal, mostly scansorial species, of various tall open and closed forest types. It is most common in forested gullies containing trees with hollows


This guy was much smaller but also much darker than the possum i spotted a few days ago, although he is the same species. I wondered if i could entice him out with some fruit & a special possum food recipe i was taught. It's proven to be irresistible!

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AliceGreenup 9 years ago

I know Daniele! There's so much space in my yard too but they seem to like it around the pool and house!!thanks bherath and Kerry! There was something about him that I found more appealing than the other grey guy, I'm going to try and get some better shots tonight!

KerryHawkins 9 years ago

He's beautiful Alice! Great series!

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Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

so so so so so cute!!!!! nice spotting

DanielePralong 9 years ago

:-( They're so territorial...

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Yeah I had to shine a torch in his direction so my camera could focus so that obscured his colour a bit in some. My two possum spottings just spotted each other which resulted In a very loud and violent fight! One fell from a tree to the ground so I hope he's ok

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Indeed Alice, with the light on the 3rd and 6th shot it really looks like a twin of mine! Great series.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 16, 2013
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013

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