Brushtail possums and cuscuses

Brushtail possums and cuscuses

Order : Diprotodontia
Family : Phalangeridae


Animals in the family Phalangeridae

Silver-gray brushtail possum
Bear cuscus
Facts about the family Phalangeridae, the brushtail possums and cuscuses

Trichosurus vulpecula (Marsupialia Phalangeridae), is the most widespread of the three species of brushtail possum

Habitat The preferred habitat of brushtail possums is eucalypt forest or woodland.

Commercial harvesting of brushtail possums is allowed under permit throughout the year on land used for primary production for which the written approval of the landholder has been obtained.

However, the actual nature of the mating system of brushtail possums is currently unresolved and may be more accurately described as promiscuous.

The most controversial area of delivery, the use of disseminating viral vectors, only has potential in New Zealand, where the desirability of eliminating brushtail possums is allied with the need for a cost-effective delivery system that can work in inaccessible areas.

To protect our native birds and forests we recognise the threat that the introduced species of Brushtail Possums is. (Full text)

The research team of Stephen Garnett, Lynn Pedler and Gabriel Crowley has shown that predation at nests sites, principally by Brushtail Possums, is the main factor preventing recruitment, and is the most likely agent of decline on Kangaroo Island.

AU - Pearson AJ TI - Leptospirosis in brushtail possums: is Leptospira interrogans serovar balcanica environmentally transmitted?

2000: [Abstract] Trap shyness in brushtail possums : is it a problem? (Full text)

Brushtail Possum Brushtail possums are nocturnal marsupials which have adapted to

Remember, brushtail possums are protected by law and cannot be bought, sold, taken or harmed except by permit. (Full text)

Diet Brushtail possums are herbivores or plant-eaters. (Full text)

Brushtail possums are common here in South

Brushtail Possums: Brushtail possums are fond of visiting sap-producing sites on stringybark trees. (Full text)

Box 69 Lincoln, New Zealand Abstract Brushtail possums are generally solitary animals.

Remember, brushtail possums are protected by law and cannot be bought, sold, taken or harmed except by permit.

DietBrushtail possums are herbivores or plant-eaters. (Full text)

Cuscuses are tree-dwelling, nocturnal marsupials that live on the northern tip of Australia and in New Guinea and nearby islands.

Cuscuses are rarely in a hurry. (Full text)

Cuscuses are small marsupials with a long tail, a small, round head and large, red-rimmed eyes. (Full text)

Cuscuses are sleepy animals, feeding mainly on leaves, but also devouring birds and small mammals.

(However, most cuscuses are more omnivorous than anything else, as they eat insects, birds, and eggs; they also have bunodont [=square] molars, an adaptation to omnivory, with semilophodont [=crescent moon shaped] cusps and crests).

Like kangaroos, cuscuses are marsupials, and females have pouches to carry their young. (Full text)

cuscuses are ace.

Cuscuses are nocturnal and nest in hollow trees and clumps of vegetation at nightime. (Full text)

Classification Cuscuses are in genus Phalanger, in the family Phalangeridae (possums), order Marsupialia, class Mammalia.

Although Cuscuses are often eaten in other areas of New Guinea here there are two residents.

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