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Australian Possums

Australian Possums

Status: Threatened
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Phalangeriformes

Possums are abundant in Australia, they belong to the marsupial group in which mother possums carry their babies in a pouch. They are nocturnal by nature, and often feed on plants, fruits and seeds.

Possums prefer tree hollows in the forests for their habitat. They are territorial animal. They are all good tree climbers and can glide from one tree to another. Most possums have long tails and forward-opening pouches

The Australian Possums

There are 27 Possum species in Australia, most of them are cuscuses and gliders. Their behaviour, size and colour vary depending on the type of species they belong. In general, Possums can adapt to different habitats.

Possums also live in urban areas and under the roof of people's houses. Threats to their existence is not yet identified but it is believed that it is due to hunting, loss of habitat caused by forest fires and other agricultural purposes.

 
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