Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Mammalia
                       Family : Phalangeridae
        Scientific Name : Phalanger Maculatus

                       Size(L) : 15cm - 60cm
                                        (6in - 24in)
                       Weight : 3kg - 6kg 
                                        (6.5lbs - 13lbs)
                 Top Speed : 25km/h (15mph)
                  Life Span : 8 - 12 years

                      Colour : Black, Brown, Tan, 
                                     White, Cream, Grey
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Long tail and 
                                      strong toes
  1. The Cuscus is a large marsupial found in the forests of Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  2. They are the largest subspecies of Possum.
  3. Interestingly, they were first believed to be a type of monkey by the scientists, because of the way they move.
  4. Their size varies from 15 cm to 60 cm in length.
  5. They have very long prehensile tails which help them grip and move from one tree to another.
  6. They have sharp claws and their body is covered with thick, wooly fur.
  7. Their small ears and large eyes help them lead a nocturnal life.
  8. They are arboreal animals spending most of their lives living and moving around on trees.
  9. They are omnivores feeding primarily on fruits and leaves and occasionally on small birds and reptiles.
  10. They are known to breed throughout the year.
  11. The female cuscus gives birth to 2-4 babies after a 2-week gestation.
  12. The babies grow in the mother’s pouch for the first 6-7 months, although only one of them typically survives that long.
  13. Large snakes and birds of prey are their natural predators.
  14. They are known to be extremely secretive and elusive animals.
  15. Humans are also known to hunt them for their meat and fur.
  16. Habitat loss due to deforestation is one of the main reasons for their declining numbers today.

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