Pogonomys mollipilosus

Pogonomys mollipilosus

Image of Cercartetus caudatus

(Prehensile-tailed Rat)

FAMILY

Muridae

Species

Pogonomys mollipilosus

Common name

Prehensile-tailed Rat

Main colour; body size

Grey; head and body to 11 cm, tail to about 15 cm long

Mature weight

About 30 g

Scat shape, size

Cylindrical about 2 cm long

Location

Cairns

Description

This rat, which is only found in rainforest habitats, is arboreal and nocturnal in habit. This rat has been observed on campus although these photographs were taken near Kuranda. The characteristic features are the very long tail which is usually longer than the body and head combined, as well as the prominent eyes. This animal was observed for several nights feeding on the immature fruits of Pandanus monticola.

Additional images

Images of long tail possum