Common Name: Common Ringtail Possum
Scientific Name: Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Distribution and habitat: Common Ringtail Possums are found in eastern and south-western Australia, and in Tasmania. They live in rainforests, forests, woodlands and gardens.
Feeding: The Common Ringtail Possum eats eucalypt and other leaves, flowers and fruits. It feeds in trees during the night.
Breeding: Common Ringtail Possums breed from April to December. The female usually gives birth to two young, called joeys. The joeys stay in their mother’s pouch and drink her milk for 4 months. They leave the pouch and ride on their mother’s back until they are weaned at 5 – 8 months of age.
Did you know? The Common Ringtail Possum eats its own poo to get all the nutrients from its food.
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