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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodonta
Family:Pseudocheiridae
Genus:Pseudocheirus
Genus species:Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:300-350 cm
Weight:700-1100 g
Identification:The ring-tailed possum has white patches behind its ears extending to the tip of its tail.
Habitat:Areas with a variety of vegetation
Diet:Herbivore: primarily leaves, flowers, fruits
Reproduction:Breeding takes place between April and November. A male and female may remain together for more than one season, although the male may mate with a second female in a different part of his home range. Two young are born at a time and remain in the pouch for four months. If the first litter is born early enough, the breeding pair may produce a second litter during the same season.
Behavior:These nocturnal possums are very vocal, having a soft, high-pitched twittering call. They often live in close association with humans (gardens, etc).
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Scientists believe that this species is actually comprised of several separate closely-related species that are still diverging. Their distribution and abundance depends on the availability of nesting sites within an area. Ring-tailed possums are one of the few marsupials able to eat eucalyptus leaves.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Common ringtail
marsupial
Ring-tailed possum
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus
Pseudocheiridae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata