Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53503

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Marsupialia
Family:Burramyidae
Genus:Acrobates
Genus species:Acrobates pygmaeus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:65-80 mm
Weight:10-14 g
Identification:Some distinguishing characteristics of the feathertail glider include a light blue-gray color, short fur on the top and bottom of the tail, longer hairs on the sides of the tail, and a gliding membrane that stretches from the elbows to the knees.
Habitat:Forests, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: nectar, pollen, insects
Reproduction:The exact timing of breeding depends on a population's location. Not all of the females within a group will breed at the same time. A female can have two litters per year with 3-4 young in each litter. The young remain in the mother's pouch for 65 days and are weaned at 100 days of age. Females can become pregnant again immediately after giving birth.
Female feathertail gliders may nest in groups of 20, but any bonds are relatively unstable. Groups are more likely to form among relatives.
Behavior:Feathertail gliders are nocturnal unless they are rearing young.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The toes have very sharp claws and serrated pads to help with tree climbing. Populations of feathertail gliders require areas of dense vegetation for predator protection, nest sites, etc.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia Date:1964-12 Subjects:marsupial
Feathertail glider
Pygmy possum
Burramyidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53503