Monday, 27 November 2006

They come out at night

Max Schreck might have died in 1936 but his spirit lives on in Nosferatu, the sugar glider.

This fellow was caught out and about by daylight near Anakie in SW Victoria. Sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are normally nocturnal, scampering up tree trunks and gliding between them in search of nectar, fruit and the sweet sap of wattles and gums trees. And (Renfield-like) they'll also chew on any animal small enough to subdue.

(Thanks to H & Q for the photo. I think their carotid arteries remain puncture-free.)

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