Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum
copyright © Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 1995

That noise on the roof at night? It could well be a possum using your roof as a path to and from his favourite eating spots. The mountain is home to both Brushtail and Ringtail possums. If you are not careful, they may well even find a small hole and decide that inside your roof is a dry and comfortable spot, suitable for a home themselves. Some have been known to investigate chimneys for suitable habitation - a sooty possum racing around the lounge room is not a welcome site!

The picture above is actually of a Coppery Brushtail Possum. The picture below is of a Common Brushtail Possum, one of the two possum species that you are likely to meet on Tamborine Mountain. As you can see, they can become quite tame, especially when food is involved - even when they are carrying a young joey in the pouch or an older bub on her back. A little bit of fruit and/or milk will be acceptable! But, beware, they have sharp teeth and claws if they decide you are coming too close!

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photo by Liz Angell, 2009

 

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The photograph above is taken from “Australian Rainforest” by Steve and Jan Parish and is copyright © Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, 1995. Please contact them if you wish to copy, re-display or distribute this image.

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