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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodonta
Family:Phalangeridae
Genus:Trichosurus
Genus species:Trichosurus vulpecula

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:35-55 cm
Weight:1.2-4.5 kg
Identification:The golden brush-tailed possum is usually silver-gray on top but may be red, black, or gold. Its undersides are more pale. The tail is bushy and has a naked underside at the far tip.
Habitat:Forests, urban and rural areas
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, herbs, grasses, garden plants
Reproduction:The mating season is in the fall. Gestation lasts 17-18 days. One young is born, staying in the pouch for 4-5 months. Another 1-2 months is spent suckling and riding on the mother's back.
Golden brush-tailed possums are solitary, but they may share sleeping sites if there is not enough shelter.
Behavior:Golden brush-tailed possums are nocturnal and arboreal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The golden brush-tailed possum is often studied as a model marsupial species. They are often considered pests. The golden color that some brushtails exhibit is actually a genetic mutation.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Australia
Eastern Australia
Central Australia
New Zealand
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:marsupial
Common brushtail possum
Golden brush-tailed possum
Trichosurus vulpecula
Brush-tailed possums
Phalangeridae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata