One of Zooillogix’s readers, Tweet Gainsborough-Waring (awesome name btw), recently sent me these photos of ring tailed possums (the red ones) and brush possums (the grey ones), which she snapped on her way out to pizza in Brisbane, Australia. She pointed out that these furry little guys are fairly common in her neck of the woods, but to me they are exotic, so I’m sharing them.
So what’s common in your neighborhood that clueless tourists might find fascinating? Growing up in New England, it was these adorable little guys:
In Japan, so I understand, the following fauna are quite common:
Send along your photos or comments [zooillogix AT gmail.com] on ordinary critters that might not be so ordinary if you live on another continent and I’ll post them. Read on to learn more about the possums featured above.
The following info is also from Tweet:
The ring tailed possum is a native marsupial of Australia which is almost exclusively tree-dwelling, in forests, woodlands, rain forests,dense scrub and suburban gardens. It makes spherical nests (dreys) in tree hollows, undergrowth or tree forks. Mainly leaf-eaters but may eat flowers and fruits. Has adapted to living in urban environments, often foraging in gardens. Extremely agile they are sometimes seen scurrying along the riverside fencing en route to a rubbish bin. Their long tail acts as as a balancing weight.
Brush tailed possums live in gum trees, their nests usually hidden away in the forks of branches. They have become pretty urbanised and are know to gallop noisily across the roof usually soon after dark and just before dawn.Its not advisable to catch a possum as you will probably have no ornaments left and may find yourself covered in scratches. Its better to clear a path for it to find its own way out.