Possums

Possums are living beings with needs, wants and feelings, just like you and I. Possums are marsupials. There are about 23 species in Australia, there are significant differences between the species. Mostly we see the Common Brushtail and Common Ringtail possum.


A Ringtail possum is a bit like a koala in that it is a folivore. This means that it eats mainly foliage, the leaves of trees and shrubs. Particular favourites are the new growth of the lilly-pilly and fig leaves. They are social critters tending to live in a family group in a drey. A drey is a nest of leaves woven together on a tree branch or fork. Ringtail possums often have two, even three joeys.

Brushtail possums eat leaves, flowers, fruits and insects. They are extremely territorial living a solitary life in a tree hollow. Brushtail possums are particularly adaptable and with the extreme lack of hollow trees available they make good use of house ceilings and other nooks to shelter in. Brushtail possums usually only have one baby at a time.

Urban possums have much smaller territories than their wild bush counterparts.

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Possums can make all sorts of noises, from grunts and growls to clicks, hisses and screeches.

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A female possum is called a 'Jill', a male possum is called a 'Jack', and a young possum is called a 'Joey'.

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A group of possums is called a passel.

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Possums have 50 teeth which is more than any other mammal.

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Baby possums sneeze and hiss when distressed or face danger.

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Possums do not have good eyesight or strong hearing. They do have a sharp sense of smell though.

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When threatened possums lie motionless or flop on their sides with eyes closed or fixed in one direction. They can remain like this from 1 minute to 6 hours.