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Possums are small nocturnal marsupials and are native to Australia. They are good at climbing trees and jumping from branch to branch.

Animal Profile

 

Lifespan

Possums can live for up to 11 years.

Feet

Because they live in trees, possums are great climbers. They can even jump up to four metres to reach a neighbouring branch.

Noises

Possums usually make a clicking noise to communicate with one another. They may also grunt, screech, growl and hiss.

Behaviour

Possums are wild animals. They are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are active during the night.

Diet

Possums mainly eat plants, including leaves, flowers and fruits. They may also eat insects, birds’ eggs and baby birds.

Possums in New Zealand

Possums were introduced to New Zealand from Australia in the 1800s in the hopes of establishing a fur trade. New Zealand was free from predators and there was plenty for possums to eat, so the possum population thrived.

Did you know?

Possums are sentient beings. Although considered a pest in New Zealand, possums are sentient beings who can feel pleasure and pain, just like you.

Possum problem

Possums are not evil or bad. It is not their fault that they cause harm to native populations. Like many introduced animals such as stoats, cats and rabbits, they are in an environment where the native plants and animals have no way to protect themselves against them.

Did you know?

Using poison on a sentient being is cruel. It can take possums between 6-18 hours to die a painful death when dosed with certain poisons.

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