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Greater Glider

The Greater Glider (Petauroides volans), is a large gliding possum found in Australia. It is more related to the Lemur-like Ringtail possum than it is to the lesser gliding possums of its genus. The Greater Glider is found in wet forestland from Mossman, Queensland, to Daylesford, Victoria.

The Greater Glider is roughly the size of a cat and is a nocturnal and solitary herbivore feeding mostly on Eucalyptus leaves and buds. Like its relative the Lemur-like Ringtail, the Greater Glider is found in two forms: a sooty brown form, or a grey-to-white form. A single young is born after mating (which occurs from March to June), which leaves the pouch at four months of age, and is independent at nine months.

Greater Glider