Greater Glider

Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)

Petauroides volans


Body length 400 mm; tail length 500 mm; weight 1.5 kg. Body may be charcoal-brown to creamy-white; large, fluffy ears; shaggy fur; long pendulous non-gripping tail; no stripes. Gliding membrane stretches from elbow to ankle.

Habitat and Range:

Tall eucalypt forests and woodlands. Uncommon, but widespread in southern Brisbane suburbs; probably extinct in northern and western suburbs. Recent records from Redland Bay, Alexandra Hills and Sheldon. Patchy distribution along coastal eastern Australia.


Silent, solitary and nocturnal. Eats gum leaves. Dependent on large tracts of undisturbed, tall forest with suitably large nesting hollows; each animal requires approximately 1.5 ha. Similar to Yellow-bellied Glider but has fluffy ears.


Land clearing and dogs.


Landing scratches on tree trunks. Droppings are the size and shape of slightly flattened peas.

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