Common Brush-tailed Possum

Trichosurus vulpecula

600-950 mm TL, including tail 250-400mm

(Common Brushtail Possum; Northern Brushtail Possum; Brushtail Possum; Silvery-grey Possum; Koomal)

What does it look like? Usually silvery-grey above and pale grey or white below, but occasionally entirely blackish or rich orange. Males have dark orange wash on chest from scent marking. Tail prehensile and normally bushy, but can be lightly haired, tapering towards tip, with a section of naked skin on underside.

Where is it found? Western and south-western WA, northern NT, eastern Qld, eastern and southern NSW, Vic, Tas and south-eastern SA; on near coastal islands, with suitable habitat, throughout range.

What are its habitats & habits? Varying wooded habitats throughout range, with large tree hollows for shelter, but will also shelter in roof spaces and sheds in nearby suburban dwellings and occasionally in underground burrows. Nocturnal and mostly arboreal, feeding on a range of plant material, including leaves, fruits and flowers, but will also feed on human food scraps and both invertebrates and vertebrates, including birds.

Interesting fact: Introduced to New Zealand.