Northern Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus arnhemensis

The northern brushtail possum (Trichosurus arnhemensis) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It occurs in high numbers where humans are present and can adapt to live in a number of habitats. This species reaches and average body length of 1.8 feet and is typically grey in color on its upper body and whitish on its underbelly. Its tail does not hold fur, despite its common name. It is a nocturnal animal that feeds on a variety of food types including leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruit. It is able to breed throughout the year and has a pregnancy period of up to 18 days. After this period, young are born within their mother’s pouch and remain there for four to five months. The average lifespan of the northern brushtail possum is about fifteen years and has not been given a status on the IUCN Red List.

Image Caption: A male northern brushtail possum in Humpty Doo, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Credit: Scarlet23/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)