Eastern Pygmy Possum©Wikimedia Commons
Eastern Pygmy Possum©Wikimedia Commons

Order Diprotodontia

Family Burramyidae

Scientific Name

Cercartetus nanus

Thumbnail Description

It seeks shelter in tree hollows and stumps, abandoned bird nests, and thickets

Size and Weight

Adults:

HEAD-BODY-LENGTH: 7 and 9 cm (2.8 and 3.5 in)

WEIGHT: 15 to 43 g (0.53 to 1.52 oz)

TAIL: 8 to 11 cm (3.1 to 4.3 in)

Newborns:

WEIGHT: 10 grams (0.35 oz)

Habitat

Rainforest, sclerophyll forest, woodland, heath; elevation 1,800 m (5,900 ft)

Distribution

Southern Queensland to eastern South Australia, Tasmania

Diet

Nectar, pollen, Banksia, Eucalyptus, Callistemon species, insects

Reproduction

4

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

Unknown

Home Range

(Males) 0.24 to 1.7 hectares (0.59 to 4.20 acres); (females) 0.18 to 0.61 hectares (0.44 to 1.51 acres)

Speed

Unknown

Predators

Unknown

Sounds

Unknown

Behavior

Arboreal, nocturnal

Conservation Status

Least Concern