Common Brushtail has a long, bushy prehensile tail. It has a
foxlike face with large, erect ears. The fur is dense, woolly
and dark silvery gray with a yellow underside. The tail of the
possum is tipped black or white. Head and body length is 32-58
cm and it can weigh up to 5 kg.
The possum's habitat consists of wooded areas especially where
eucalypts grow. The brushtail is primarily arboreal spending
daytimes sleeping inside of tree hollows. Trichosurus vulpecula
typically eats leaves, shoots, and flowers. they have a great
ability to adapt to a number of dietary resources including
a large number of highly toxic flowers and leaves. Throughout
most of its range, it prefers to feed on Eucalyptus flowers,
but will eat from a number of various trees and shrubs. In addition,
it eats clovers, grasses, garden fruits and turnips.
Brushtails breed once or twice a year and usually bear a single
offspring. The typical gestation period is 17 days and the offspring
leave the pouch at 5 months of age.
vulpecula has the widest distribution of any Australian
mammal. It is found in Australia: E Queensland, E New South
Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, SE and N South Australia, SW Western
Australia; and introduced to New Zealand.