What do they look like? Golden Brushtail Possums are a striking animal covered in a soft golden fur. They are slightly larger and plumper than the size of the average domestic cat. They have strong claws and sharp teeth. Due to their colouration they are often thought to be albinos although this is not correct as they do have coloured pigmentation for their skin and eyes.
Where do they live? Golden Brush-tail Possums are a genetic mutation of the well-known Common Brushtail Possum. They also nest in tree hollows or cavities in buildings. Although Common Brushtails are widespread through Mainland Australia the Golden form has only been found in the eucalypt forests of Tasmania and south of Sydney.
What do they eat? Golden Brushtail Possums feed on eucalypt leaves, blossoms and fruits. Their tail is prehensile and allows them to reach long distances to reach the freshest and tastiest of foods whilst still being secured to the tree.
Behaviour: As with all possum species they are nocturnal and only emerge at night to forage for food and search for a mate during the breeding season. They are solitary animals only coming together for mating. Males are strongly territorial and will engage in aggressive encounters to ensure rights to food and females.
Reproduction: Females usually begin to reproduce when they are around a year old. The mating season is usually in Autumn. A single young is born 16-18 days after copulation and spends four to five month s in the pouch attached to one of two teats. A further one to two months are spent in suckling and riding on the mother’s back before being fully weaned.
Threats: Habitat loss and hunting.
Conservation Status: Limited.