Common brushtail possum

Trichosurus vulpecula

The Common Brushtail Possum is a large, cat-sized possum weighing between 1.5- 4.5kg

Colours can vary regionally from silver-grey, rufous and brown above with light grey, cream or white underneath.  The tail is long and furred with a naked leather-like area underneath the end of the tail.

They are territorial with a range of 1-15 hectares depending on habitat availability and should never be relocated.

Life expectancy is 6-7 years in the wild.

The Common Brushtail Possum is nocturnal and, during the day, retreats to a hollow log, branch, tree trunk or any dark area, even inside house roofs.

Found on the East coast, ranges and inland areas, in cities and towns they will inhabit trees and gardens, streets, parks, roof spaces, chimneys, garages, sheds, schools and vacant buildings. They have adapted to human environments, often to their detriment.