Photo: C & D Frith
Australia's Wet Tropics
|Green Ringtail Possum: Pseudocheirus archeri
- Greenish coloured soft and thick fur due to mixture of black, grey, yellow and
- Two silvery vertebral stripes, white patches under eyes and ears.
- Thick base to tail. The tail is shorter than the head and body.
- The Green Ringtail Possum has a distinguished resting posture. It sleeps curled
in a tight ball, gripping the branch with one or both hind feet, and sitting on the base of
its coiled tail, with its forefeet, face and tip of the tail tucked tightly into its
- Sparse and limited distribution.
- An arboreal animal, but it does descend to the ground only to traverse a gap
between trees, - Appears to favour rainforests with tangled thornless vines.
- Daytime roost is an open branch.
- Although mainly nocturnal, the possum may move about during the day as a result
of being disturbed in its daytime roost.
- Its diet consists exclusively of leaves. Figs of several species are favoured.
- Specific eater of leaves of the Shining-leafed Stinging Tree, Pepperwood, Red
Tulip Oak, Flame Kurrajong and the False Stinger.
- The Green Ringtail Possum is the most solitary of the ringtails. Rarely, a pair
may be seen in the same tree.
- It is also the quietest of the ringtails. Adults have never been reported to make
- Can also be viewed, with a spotlight, at the Crater National Park, on the Malanda
falls Environmental Park walking paths, The Curtain Fig Tree and along the roadway on