Common Ringtail Possum
Body length 350 mm; tail length 350 mm; weight up to 1 kg. Size of a small cat; silver-grey or brown back; rusty-red flanks, face, arms and legs. Thin tail has a white tip, but is not bushy. Eyes caramel-brown.
Habitat and Range:
Rainforest, thick vegetation along watercourses, parks and backyard gardens. Common, even in inner city suburbs. Eastern coastal Australia, south-east SA and Tas.
Nocturnal; feeds on flowers and leaves. Builds a tidy, basketball-sized nests of twigs, ferns and bark in mango trees, palms, bottle brush trees, dense vegetation and occasionally in verandah blinds or awnings. Avoids ceilings and rubbish bins. Usually silent, but can produce a very high-pitched whistle. Might be confused with Common Brushtail Possum and Water Rat.
Dogs and cats.
Large nests. Droppings are like roughly textured jellybeans (15 mm long by 6 mm wide). Ringtail possums sometimes completely strip the leaves from tree branches (e.g. umbrella trees).
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