Monday, 15 March 2010

Green ringtail possum

After nine months of looking, I finally got a confirmed sighting of a green ringtail possum (Pseudocheirops archeri) in the garden. The green ringtail is unusual in that it does not retire to a nest, tree hollow or roof space during the day, but sleeps on a branch. This one was a few metres up close to the edge of the garden. Unfortunately, it was raining so the photos aren't good. You can see a better picture here.

The green ringtail is a Wet Tropics endemic. It is the only species of Pseudocheirops in Australia. The other four species in the genus occur in New Guinea.


NanaJude said...


desertnutmeg said...

How great for you! I would be sooo excited. I am wondering how you ever spotted it though; talk about excellent camouflauge.

Snail said...

It's not a bad sighting (she says smugly).

I must confess, I wasn't the one who spotted it. A visitor was just looking up at the trees on the off chance of seeing a tree roo and it was there --- plain as day!

Hungry Sinclair said...

Wow!! I've never seen one before, and photos are hard to come across too - well done!!

forestwalk/laura k said...

wow!! GREAT shot!!
that guy doesn't look at all like our 'possums over here...NOT surprisingly!!

OH! and by the way...i mentioned that about the POO because i'm always taking pictures...or animal fact i did an entire post on this topic! ha!