Possum

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Possum

A possum (plural form: possums) is any of about 70 small- to medium-sized tree dwelling marsupial species native to Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi (and introduced to New Zealand and China).

The smallest possum, indeed the smallest diprotodont marsupial, is the Tasmanian pygmy possum, with an adult head-body length of 70 mm (2 3/4 in.) and a weight of 10 g (3/8 oz.). The largest is the bear cuscus that may exceed 7 kg (15lb. 6oz.). Possums are typically nocturnal and at least partially live up in trees. The various species inhabit most vegetated habitats, and several species have adjusted well to urban settings.Diets range from generalist vegetation eater or both vegetable and meat (the common brushtail possum) to specialist browsers of eucalyptus (greater glider), insect eaters (mountain pygmy possum) and nectar-feeders (honey possum).

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