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  • Squirrel glider

    Description The squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) is a nocturnal[3] gliding possum.[4] The squirrel glider is one of the wrist-winged gliders of the genus Petaurus. Like most of the wrist-winged gliders, the squirrel glider is endemic to Australia. It is about twice the size of the related Sugar Glider (P. breviceps). Its body is 18–23 cm long […]

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  • Northern brown bandicoot

    Description The northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus), a marsupial species, is a bandicoot found only on the northern and eastern coasts of Australia and nearby islands, mainly Papua New Guinea. It is not, however, found far inland.[1] This species can be set apart from other marsupials by two traits. It is both polyprotodont (i.e., several […]

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  • Sugar glider

    Description The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to themarsupial infraclass. The common name refers to its preference for sugary nectarous foods and ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel.[5] They have very similar appearance and habits to the flying squirrel despite not […]

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  • Southern brown bandicoot

    Description The southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) is a short-nosed bandicoot, a type of marsupial, found mostly in southern Australia. It is also known as the quenda in South Western Australia (from the Noongar word kwernt).[3] The fur of this bandicoot is coarse and coloured a dark greyish to yellowish brown, with the undersides a […]

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  • Feathertail glider

    The feathertail glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the pygmy gliding possum, pygmy glider, pygmy phalanger, flying phalanger and flying mouse,[3] is the world’s smallest gliding possum[4] and is named for its long feather-shaped tail. At 6.5–8 cm (2.6–3.1 in) in head-and-body length and 10–14 g (0.35–0.49 oz) in weight, it is only the size of a small mouse, […]

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  • Spotted-tailed quoll

    Description The spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), also known as the tiger quoll, the spotted quoll, the spotted-tailed dasyure or the tiger cat, is a carnivorous marsupial of the quoll genus Dasyurus native to Australia. With males and females weighing around 3.5 and 1.8 kg, respectively, it is mainland Australia’s largest, and the world’s longest (the biggest is the Tasmanian […]

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  • Koala

    Description The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, or, inaccurately, koala bear[a]) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native toAustralia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae and its closest living relatives are thewombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland’s eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland,New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. […]

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  • Long-nosed bandicoot

    Description The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a species of bandicoot found in eastern Australia. Around 40 centimetres (16 in) long, it is sandy- or grey-brown with a long snouty nose. Omnivorous, it forages for invertebrates, fungi and plants at night. The long-nosed bandicoot is much less colourful than its relatives, being primarily a sandy-brown or […]

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  • Common Ringtail Possum

    Description The common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus, Greek for “false hand” and Latin for “pilgrim” or “alien”) is anAustralian marsupial. It lives in a variety of habitats and eats a variety of leaves of both native and introduced plants, as well as flowers and fruits. The Ringtail Possum does not occur in New Zealand. This […]

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