Trichosurus vulpecula

Trichosurus vulpecula

Trichosurus vulpecula

(Common Brushtail Possum)

FAMILY

Phalangeridae

Species

Trichosurus vulpecula

Common name

Common Brushtail Possum

Main colour; head-body size

Grey to gingery; head-body to 50 cm, tail 34-40 cm

Average mature weight

3.5 kg

Scat shape, size

Pointed at one end 22 x 7 mm, jellybean like

Location

Townsville

Description

The brushtail possum is common around the campus, may be seen asleep in trees or heard climbing over roofs, and coughing and hissing. The body is grey to gingery in colour with a black tail and grey paws. Diet of fruit, flowers, leaves and insects.