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Common Ringtail Possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus


This little beauty uses our telegraph wire as a highway, they live in drays in our melaleucas. Here I spotted this one rummaging around the Lilly Pilly tree (Acmena smithii). They, and the brushtails (Trichosurus vulpecula) which live on the other side of the house, make a lots of noise on the roof during summer.


melaleucas sp., eucalypts, adelaide hills


The Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Greek for "false hand" and Latin for "pilgrim" or "alien") is an Australian marsupial. It lives in a variety of habitats and eats a variety of leaves of both native and introduced plants, as well as flowers and fruits. These dietary factors have, over time, aided burgeoning introduced (pest) populations in New Zealand. This possum also consumes a special type of faeces that is produced during the daytime when it is resting in a nest. This behaviour is called coprophagia and is similar to that seen in rabbits. (from wikipedia)

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Sep 14, 2011

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