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Common Brush-tail Possum

Common Brushtail Possum Lesmurdie Falls National Park Mundy Perth Hills Western Australia

By the sheer number of droppings on the stairs and the penetrating smell of urine underneath the deck of the verandah we should have known we were going to share our Tree Hut with a bunch of possums. Just because of their rather physical presence many people regard those tree-dwelling marsupials as a pest, but because they are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act possums can’t be removed without permission of the State government. Regarding the abundance of wild fruit on our property and the numerous spaces to establish dens, any vacant possum-smelling space would attract new residents in no-time anyway. Apart from their nocturnal ramblings and territorial fights I guess we have started to love our closest neighbours who come out underneath their Jacaranda tree at twilight almost every day; a routine that makes close-up encounters good fun for kids and easy for photographers!

Common Brushtail Possum Lesmurdie Falls National Park Mundy Pert Hills Western Australia

Common Brushtail Possum Lesmurdie Falls National Park Mundy Perth Hills Western Australia

Common Brushtail Possum Lesmurdie Falls National Park Mundy Perth Hills Western Australia

Common Brushtail Possum Lesmurdie Falls National Park Mundy Perth Hills Western Australia

7 Comments

  1. Hi Dries, they do look similar indeed although bush babies are classified as primates and possums as marsupials, mammals that crossed Asia, the Americas and Australia but never the African continent.

    • Thank’s for your kind words Sreejith! What helps is that these animals live in the trees right in front of our house and are illuminated by the spotlights on the viewing deck. The other big advantage is that possums get fairly comfortable with humans – sometimes a bit too in my opinion- so they don’t rush for cover as soon as they see you. Very convenient for taking photos as opposed to a lot of other night dwellers (i.e. Bandicoots, Bettongs) that don’t even let you look at them. Nevertheless, the possums are a joy, happy you enjoy them and welcome at iAMsafari!

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