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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Short-eared Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus caninus, Phalangeridae: Possums) northeast NSW, Australia

The Short-eared Brushtail Possum is found in forests on the east coast of Australia from about Newcastle NSW northwards. Described as a separate species in 2002 from the Mountain Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus cunninghamii) that occurs in southern NSW and Victoria - see

Shares its range with the smaller Common Brushtailed Possum - to compare see:-

Filmed using infra red illumination which does not appear to upset the animal. Here is a female with a large dependant youngster which at times rides on its mothers' back



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