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Short-eared possum with young

Trichosurus caninus


For the past week i've seen one of these possums hanging around every night, however last night i spotted a female with her young. 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.


Two of several possums that live in my acre yard, which is planted with native rainforest trees. Spotted in lilly pilly and palm trees near swimming pool close to house.

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AliceGreenup 9 years ago

I know mark! Very lucky! What's odd is that there appears to be a boom in their numbers suddenly around here. In the past I would have been lucky to see one every few months & just starting last week i've seen at least one every night, most nights 3 or 4, all short-eared possums and at the same time can hear even more not far off. I'd be very interested to know the reason behind this.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Brilliant. You're so lucky to have these.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

They almost look like they're smiling!

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 21, 2013
Submitted on Oct 21, 2013

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