Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Common Name: Common Ringtail Possum

Scientific Name: Pseudocheirus peregrinus

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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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Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus

Common Name: Short-beaked Echidna

Scientific Name:Tachyglossus aculeatus

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Distribution and habitat: Echidnas are found all over Australia, including Tasmania, King Island, Flinders Island and Kangaroo Island. They live in most habitats, from snowy mountains to deserts.

Feeding: An echidna eats ants and termites. It finds food using its sense of smell and catches food with its long sticky tongue.

Breeding: Echidnas breed from June to September. The female develops a pouch then lays an egg into it. The young, called a puggle, hatches in 10 days. The puggle stays in its mother’s pouch and drinks her milk for 3 months. It leaves the pouch and stays with its mother until it is weaned at about 6 months of age.

Did you know? An echidna curls up into a ball, wedges itself beneath rocks, or burrows into soft soil when frightened.

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Koala Phascolarctos cinereus

Common Name: Koala

Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus

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Distribution and habitat: Koalas are found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, but not in Tasmania. They live in eucalypt forests and woodlands.

Feeding: The Koala eats eucalypt leaves. In a given area, a koala may eat leaves from only a few species of eucalypts. It may occasionally eat leaves from other trees such as acacias and bottlebrushes.

Breeding: Koalas breed from August to February. The female is pregnant for 35 days then gives birth to a single young, called a joey. The joey stays in its mother’s pouch and drinks her milk for 6 months. It leaves the pouch and rides on its mother’s back until it is weaned at 12 months of age.

Did you know? Koalas sleep for 18 – 22 hours each day!

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