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Brush-tailed Possum by Marilyn Harris

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Brush-tailed Possum

6779 Views – 05.01.2015

Featured in Wildlife Appeal and Rural NSW

Country New South Wales, Australia.

Brush-tailed possums are marsupials, and their young are usually born in May and June after a gestation period of 17 days. The newborn possum finds its way to the mother’s pouch and attaches itself to a teat.

After feeding and growing for about five months in the pouch, the young possum spends another two months clinging to its mother’s back as she moves about. Usually only one young is born at a time, and males do not take part in looking after the young.

By the time they are seven months old, the young possums are independent of their mothers. They are fully grown by about 10 months, and the females will usually start to breed for the first time when they reach 12 months of age.

The brush-tailed possum is the most widely distributed possum in Australia. It can be found in forests and woodlands all along the east coast, and also lives in inland areas along tree-lined rivers and creeks. A nocturnal animal, it is active at night and usually spends the day sleeping.

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Comments

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    aww so cute- all snug and cozy! beautiful capture-fabulous colors and detail-

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 6 years ago

    well that’s better than mine! [my not alive one] ooh he’s gorgeous! fab pioc..they come and snarl under my window at night I missed a fablulous pic a few weeks back so now I take the camera to bed with me….

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 6 years ago

    brilliant capture Blossom

  • Raquel O'Neill
    Raquel O'Neillover 6 years ago

    Great capture, I have a few running around at home. A mum and bub at the moment run along the deck each night.

  • Johanna  Rutter
    Johanna Rutterover 6 years ago

    awww he is too cute, never saw one so close before!

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 6 years ago
    Very cute possum blossom!!!LOL..fantastic capture!! *-)
  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    So precious, blossom!! Perfect picture!

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 6 years ago

    cute but never cuddly lol :)

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 6 years ago

    what a cute guy

  • Peace Mitchell
    Peace Mitchellover 6 years ago

    Great shot Marilyn!

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