General Description

Body fur colour variable, but usually grey-brown above and white underneath. Coiled tail with a white tip. Body up to 38 cm, tail up to 38 cm. Call a bird-like "chirping" sound.


Common Ring-tailed Possums are mainly solitary but sometimes form small family groups. At night, they forage for leaves, flowers and fruit, using their tail to grip branches as they move. The Common Ring-tailed Possum is the only species of possum where males help care for young. They are also the only species of possum to build a nest, called a drey. This is a large ball of small branches, grasses and leaves in the crown of trees.


Eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Range of areas, including forest, coastal scrub and suburban places.

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