Common Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpecula
The Common Brushtail Possum is the size of a cat 35-55cm long with a tail 25-40cm and weighs 1.2-4.5kg. It has large pointed ears, grey fur and a bushy black tail.
Brushtail possums have a single young born in autumn or spring. The baby spends around six months in the pouch, one to two months riding on its mother's back until it is weaned and leaves the maternal den between seven to sixteen months of age.
Brushtails make a range of sounds including screams, hissing and asthmatic growling and eat leaves of eucalypts, also some shrubs (mainly wattles), herbs, flowers and fruit. They rest in tree hollows during the day and in urban areas often use house roof cavities or garages.
Common Ringtail Possum - Pseudocheirus peregrinus
The Common Ringtail Possum is much smaller, about half the size of a cat 30-35cm long, tail 30-35cm and weighs .7-1.1kg. Ringtail possums have round ears, a grey back with rusty sides and a curled tail with a white tip. They have one to three young, mostly twins, born during autumn or winter. Ringtail possums usually build a nest of twigs and leaves, called a drey, several metres above the ground. They rarely enter house roofs. Possums eat the leaves, flowers and fruits of a wide variety of native and exotic trees and shrubs. The Common Brushtail Possum may also eat grass, fungi, bird's eggs and baby birds. Never feed possums. Human food can be dangerous to possums and cause serious dietary imbalance
They have a high-pitched, ticking trill and eat leaves from a range of eucalypts, tea-trees, paperbarks and wattles also feeds on fruits and flowers. Can be attacked and injured by domestic cats.
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