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Short-eared possum

Trichosurus caninus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

Spotted in trees close to pool area.

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21 Comments

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks a lot mark! First time I've managed to get one on camera!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice series Alice.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

:)!

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 9 years ago

youre welcome

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks for the favourites! I really appriciate it! :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks Daniele! I wasn't aware of that information before i did some research last night. Before then i would have looked at mine & said he was simply a mountain brush-tail, but now i know better! I'll take a look at yours

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Great info Alice! Your lovely spotting got me to revise an older one of mines, the ID of which I was never sure of! Feel free to read through text and comments and tell me what you think!
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/630...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

An interesting fact about these guys; They were once classed as mountain brush tailed possums however DNA testing showed they are in fact genetically different from their southern cousins in Victoria & Southern NSW. The possums found north of Sydney were re-named the Short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) and their southern cousins retained the name Mountain Brush Tailed possum (Trichosurus cunninghami).

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks Donia!! I guess it pays to investigate when you hear something rustling in a tree!

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 9 years ago

ahh...too cute!! :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

I wouldn't be game either & thanks Daniele!! :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Cracking :-)

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 9 years ago

in that case i wouldnt be game

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thankyou Joshua :) I was delighted to find him

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks! Yeah i know why they say not to ever try and touch them or pick them up, they'd rip you to pieces!

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 9 years ago

Lovely creature & great photos. Look at the length of those claws

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks Reza!

Awesome !

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks Ashley! He was the perfect model!

AshleyT
AshleyT 9 years ago

It's so cute!

AliceGreenup
Spotted by
AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 14, 2013
Submitted on Oct 14, 2013

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