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Similar to the Sugar glider only larger. The body is light grey with a dark stripe on the head and the back. They have a creamy white underbelly and white cheek markings. The prehensile tail is long and fluffy with a black tip. They have large ears and protruding eyes adapted for an active night lifestyle. Between the hands and feet is a flap of skin which is the gliding membrane that allows them to glide (not fly) between trees. These nocturnal creatures are very agile and can glide up to 50m between trees. They use their sharp incisor teeth to make gashes in the bark of acacia and eucalypt trees to lap the sap. They are highly social and live in family groups of around 8 individuals. Males have a scent gland on their forehead which they use to mark territory.
Dry sclerophyll forests and woodlands where tree hollows are abundant.
This little glider was spotted in Greater Glider Conservation Area, a small area of bushland where the Greater Glider can be found in Redland Bay, QLD. This little guy was very curious and hung around gliding through the trees.