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Common brushtail possum

One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

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The nocturnal common brushtail possum is the one you’re most likely to find nesting in your roof. Silver-grey with dark patches near the muzzle, these native Australian animals are found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforest and urban areas.

With strong claws, opposable digits, and a bushy, prehensile tail, brushtail possums are agile climbers, which helps them to forage for fruits, flowers and leaves amongst the branches. They mark their territory with secretions from scent glands and may have a home range up to 7 hectares. With a vocal range that includes hissing, screeching and gutteral coughs, you’re most likely to hear a possum before seeing it. 


Animal facts

Common name
Brushtail possum
Scientific name
Trichosurus vulpecula
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Burrawang Walk in Murramarang National Park. Photo: John Yurasek