Green Ringtail Possum, Pseudochirops archeri

The green ringtail possum (Pseudochirops archeri) can only be found in northern areas of Australia. This species is unique among the other members of its genus because of its range, with all other members occurring in New Guinea or surrounding islands. Its range is small, limited to an area in northern Queensland that can be found Mount Windsor Tableland and Paluma.

The green ringtail possum received its common name from its fur, which appears green in color. This fur is actually greyish olive in color, with grizzled silver, black, and yellow fur occurring throughout. This species is nocturnal and typically solitary and spends most of its time in the trees. This species is one of only a few that can consume the stinger plant, a highly poisonous plant that is harmful to humans. This species does not have any major threats, but experts assert that it should be monitored and researched. Most of its range occurs within World Heritage Protected areas. The green ringtail possum appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

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