Western Ringtail Possum

Ringtail possumScientific Name: Pseudocheirus occidentalis
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Body Length: 30–35 cm
Weight: 900–1100 g
Gestation: Unknown
Number of young: 1

Distribution: South-west Western Australia
Habitat: Peppermint or eucalypt forests

Description: This possum has dark-brown fur on top with a cream or grey chest and stomach. Western Ringtail Possums have short, rounded ears, and a strong prehensile tail which is 30–35 cm long.

Diet: Western Ringtail Possums are herbivores and feed on eucalypt, marri and peppermint tree leaves, buds, blossoms and soft fruit.

In the wild: Western Ringtail Possums are nocturnal and sleep in leafy nests in tree-holes during the day. They are fairly sociable and share home ranges and nests.

The actual gestation period of Western Ringtail Possums is not known. Births mostly take place in winter. Young emerge at about three months and suckle until six to seven months.

Threats: Habitat destruction and predation by feral cats and foxes are threats to the Western Ringtail Possum population.

At Perth Zoo: The Nocturnal House is home to Perth Zoo’s Western Ringtail Possums.

Join the Perth Zoo-coordinated Night Stalk from 1 September to 16 October and spotlight for native animals in your local bushland. Night Stalk is a great way to become involved in community conservation action and to learn about our native animals, their habitat and their threats. Night Stalk is sponsored by Tronox.

Download the Western Ringtail Possum Fact Sheet (pdf).

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