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Common Brushtail Possum

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a nocturnal marsupial, sleeping by day and becoming active at dusk to feed on leaves, buds, bark and food scraps.

The brushtail possum is a solitary animal except during mating season. Its feet are equipped with sharp claws and rough pads which enable it to climb easily and move rapidly between tree limbs.

Young possums are raised in the pouch, and when old enough ride around on their mothers back.The male is distinguishable by a red scent gland on his chest, which is used to mark territory. The brushtail possum is common to urban areas.

Many live in the roofs of houses close to the Parklands. Centennial Parklands’ Rangers have erected nest boxes in many trees as additional possum homes.

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