From South Eastern Australia.

Possum Text

Copyright Jim McNabb 1994-2025 All rights reserved.


Last update 11th July 2016


Spotlighting and listening, is the only way to find Owls and Possums.

I spotlight with a 100w sealed beam, powered by a lead acid battery, have a place in the 4X4 to recharge it. This will give me about 2.5hrs light for walking about looking for what ever I can find in the bush. You have to look in many different types of forest from alpine to the lowlands to get this range of Possums.


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Brushtail Possum

(Trichosurnus vulpecula)


Greater Glider

  (Petauroides volans)

Leadbeater's Possum

 (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)


 Ringtail Possum

(Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

This mum and baby lived in a tree out front of my house, I put a nest box up some 36 years ago and ever since, we have had some one living in it. We have to live with them and if we provide a place for them to live in, then they will not move into the roof of our house.   Never a sound, but their eye shine in the spotlight beam gives them away.  

I love watching them glide with their long tail streaming behind them.

Very hard to find. 

It has taken me many years to get any photos. 

A very active possum, I have seen one jump from a tree (about 10 meters up) to the ground to escape a Southern Boobook.

Common Ringtail they love rose-buds 

Powerful Owl main food and requires up to 300 each year.  

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Eastern Pygmy Possum.

(Cercartetus nanus)

This Pygmy Possum was on the ground trying to run across a track to a Narrow-leaved Peppermint (Eucalypts radiata) that was in flower late October 1988.



Copyright Jim McNabb 1994-2025 All rights reserved.