Common Brushtail Possums

All photos taken here

Mammals

There are more species of possums and gliders in this area than anywhere else in Australia or the world.
We have rainforest specialists as well as species that mainly feed on eucalyptus leaves.
Common Brushtail Possums here interbreed with Coppery Brushtails, which results in some bi-coloured individuals. As both species are not shy at all, you’ll be able to watch them ambling past the veranda in the early evening, on their way to check the bird feeder for left-over fruit. Lemuroid Ringtail Possums can often being seen feeding on the leaves of Turpentine trees. AND there are the Yellow-bellied Gliders, that make incisions into the bark of Red Mahogany trees, to feed on the resulting sap exudate. These feed trees also attract Feathertail Gliders, Sugar Gliders, the odd Striped Possum and a variety of birds and insects during the day. Yellow-bellied Gliders are very vocal creatures, and you can sometimes hear their characteristic calls when they are travelling through the forest. It is one of the weirdest calls you will ever hear!
On the ground you may see Red-legged Pademelons, Swamp Wallabies AND a loud crashing thump lets you know that a Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo saw you first and jumped out of a tree.  Rufous Bettongs live in the drier part of our forest.   

Our little creek runs for most of the year, and you might spot a platypus or a similar-sized water rat (which is a very attractive-looking rodent).
At night very industrious bandicoots are poking their noses into the mulch layer and leaving cone-shaped holes behind, in their search for beetle larvae and other tasty morsels. Some are even bold enough to forage in the early afternoon in broad daylight.
Little Red Flying-Foxes
visit our flowering Red Mahoganies for several weeks in summer, and Dingoes can sometimes be heard howling on a nearby hill.                

You might spot a transient Agile Wallabyusually a young male looking for a new mob.

Large mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos live only minutes away from us.

The following list is not complete, but will give you an idea of what you may see around the Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin:

Mammals (observed on our property)

R : resident   

 O : occasional  

( ): seen nearby

Platypus
Ornithorhynchus anatinus
R
Echidna
Tachyglossus aculeatus
R
Yellow-footed Antechinus
Antechinus flavipes
R
Atherton Antechinus
Antechinus godmani
R
Northern Brown Bandicoot
Isoodon macrourus
R
Long-nosed Bandicoot
Perameles nasuta
R
Long-tailed Pygmy Possum
Cercartetus caudatus
R
Striped Possum
Dactylopsila trivirgata
R
Yellow-bellied Glider, northern subspecies
Petaurus australis (unnamed subspecies)
R
Sugar Glider
Petaurus breviceps
R
Greater Glider
Petauroides volans minor
R
Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
Hemibelideus lemuroides
R
Green Ringtail Possum
Pseudochirops archeri
R
Herbert River Ringtail Possum
Pseudochirulus herbertensis
O
Common Ringtail Possum
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
(O)
Broad-toed Feathertail Glider
Acrobates frontalis
R
Common Brushtail Possum
Trichosurus vulpecula
R
Coppery Brushtail Possum
Trichosurus johnstonii
R
Rufous Bettong
Aepyprymnus rufescens
R
Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo
Dendrolagus lumholtzi
R
Red-legged Pademelon
Thylogale stigmatica
R
Swamp Wallaby
Wallabia bicolor
R
Northern Blossom Bat
Syconicteris australis
O
Eastern Tube-nosed Bat
Nyctimene robinsoni
R
Spectacled Flying Fox
Pteropus conspicillatus
O
Little Red Flying Fox
Pteropus scapulatus
seasonal
Eastern Long-eared Bat
Nyctophylus bifax
R
Fawn-footed Melomys
Melomys cervinipes
R
Giant White-tailed Rat
Uromys caudimaculatus
R
Water Rat
Hydromys chrysogaster
R
House Mouse
Mus musculus
R
Bush Rat
Rattus fuscipes
(R)
Swamp Rat
Rattus lutreolus
(R)
Dingo
Canis lupus dingo
O

All photos taken on our property

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