Common Brushtail Possum

The Common Brushtail possums are the most abundant, widely distributed and frequently encountered of all Australian marsupials. It has a bushy tail and pointy ears. View more.

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Common Brushtail Possums live in tree hollows or build a nest in rainforests, eucalypt forests and areas that have dense foliage near a water source. They can be heard and frond all along the 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, even in your own backyard or ceiling!


  • Their tail is prehensile.
  • The Common Brushtail Possum has a naked patch on the underside of its tail that helps it grip branches.
  • The Common Brushtail Possum hisses.
  • They have an average life span between 6-7 years.
  • Common predators include cars and dogs in urban areas, and dingoes, snakes and foxes.
  • To report injured wildlife call  03 8400 7300.


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Common Brushtail Possum