Common Brushtail Possum Facts!
The common brushtail possum is a marsupial found in Australia. It is the second-largest of the possums, weighing 2.6 to 9.9 pounds (1.2 to 4.5 kilograms). It has a bushy tail with a prehensile (adapted for grasping) tail tip, which also has a bare patch on the underside to aid it in effectively gripping branches.
Brushtail possums are nocturnal animals that rest throughout the day and come out at night. They are mostly tree-dwellers, but sometimes they come down to the ground. They usually like to eat eucalyptus leaves, but will also feed on flowers, seeds, small insects and birds’ eggs.
A scent gland on the possum’s chest secretes a reddish substance that the possum uses to mark its territory. They also urinate and vocalize to do this. Common brushtail possums are not very social animals and usually only come together for breeding.
Unlike other Australian marsupials like the koala and the bilby, the pouch of the female possum opens to the front instead of the back. She gives birth to one baby, which finds its way into her pouch unassisted and attaches itself to her teat. The baby then remains in there for the next 4 to 5 months.
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about common brushtail possums. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Common Brushtail Possum 2 by Glurice Cheng
- Common Brushtail Possum 3 by Glurice Cheng
- common brushtail possum test 1 by TheMothermole
- Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula) by MarkleZephire
- PREHENSILE TAIL PICK UP TO FEED ON MY LAP by frozzytoobz