Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Phalangeriformes 
   Scientific Name : Phalangeriforme

                       Size : 5 - 120cm (1.9 - 47in)
                  Weight : 0.1 - 14.5kg 
                                  (0.22 - 32lbs)
            Top Speed : 25km/h (15mph)
             Life Span : 5 - 8 years

                 Colour : Tan, Black, Brown,
                                   White, Grey
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Long prehensile tail 
                                and sharp claws
  1. Possums are medium sized marsupials, found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi, Parts of China and New Zealand.
  2. There are around 69 species of possum in the world, varying is size and color.
  3. The smallest possum species is the pygmy possum growing to an average height of only 10cm.
  4. The largest possum species is the bushtail possum which grows to be more than a meter in height.
  5. Generally, they grow to be the height and weight of an average cat.
  6. They are easily confused with the Opossums of North America but they are not the same animals.
  7. They inhabit the hollow trees and logs of the rainforests and bush-lands leading a primarily arboreal lifestyle.
  8. They are nocturnal in nature, hunting under the cover of darkness in night and resting during the day.
  9. Their prehensile tails and their sharp claws give them better grip while they climb up the trees.
  10. They are omnivores, feeding on insects, flowers, nectar, leaves, fruits, small reptiles birds and mammals.
  11. Their natural predators are cats, birds of prey, foxes, Tasmanian devil, dingoes, dogs and snakes.
  12. They are solitary animals that only come together to mate and are known to mate throughout the year.
  13. The female possum gives birth to 2-4 young per litter after a 2-week-gestation.
  14. The possum babies quickly crawl into their mother’s pouch after birth and emerge after 6-7 months of development.
  15. Unfortunately, only one of the possum baby survives, usually.
  16. They are considered to be pests as they forage the urban waster bins and composts for food.
  17. Some of the possum species are threatened and some are also considered to be endangered.

 

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