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Brushtail possum

Brushtail possum

Native to Australia, the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a cat-sized marsupial, with thick fur, long bushy tail, a pointed snout and long claws. Possums are nocturnal tree-dwellers. They shelter in dark hollows during the day and emerge soon after dusk to begin feeding, mainly on plant material.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Possums - Possums in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16880/brushtail-possum (accessed 23 October 2017)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015