by simon baird

Sunday, December 20, 2009

know your possum (or, update on the deceased marsupial)

Is your possum the size of a small cat with big and slightly pointy ears, clever eyes, a coarser, greyish fur and a blackish tail? Brushtail. Is your possum smaller with mousy ears, sad eyes, a browner and more fluffy fur, and white or possibly bald tipped tail? In that case you have a Ringtail.

I guess Townsville possums are mainly the brushtail kind. I did not recognise the dead guy.

Now practise. Can you correctly identify these possums?

Hints: Sad eyes? Mousy ears? (It's tricky because you can't see his tail..)

Hints: Big like a cat? Black tail? Pointy ears?

Disclaimer: I am not a biologist. I spend most of my time indoors.

(Thanks Lynn.. :)

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