Common Brushtail Possum - the largest possum

brushtail possum The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is the largest among the possums. Possums are native to Australia and can often be found near humans and in cities as they are capable of adapting. Common Brushtail Possums are nocturnal and are known for their nocturnal raid of gardens and kitchens. In cities they are seen as pests, especially for the loud hissing of the male Common Brushtail, which will definately keep you awake. When settlers begin introducing Common Brushtail Possums for the fur industry in New Zealand (only having the bat as a native mammal at the time) they couldn't imagine that someday 60 million possums would roam the island! This is especially harmful to the native vegetation.

Keywords: nocturnal , tail , brown , black

The Common brushtail possum, silver-gray brushtail possum is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Brush-tailed possum

Adult weight : 2.395 kg (5.269 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Female maturity :315 days

Male maturity : 730 days

Gestation : 17 days

Weaning : 204 days

Litter size : 1

Interval between litters : 274 days

Weight at weaning : 0.74 kg (1.628 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 4 W

Body mass : 1.994 kg (4.3868 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

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