Mammal Petaurus norfolcensis (Squirrel Glider Possum)

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Scientific Name: Petaurus norfolcensis

Common Name: Squirrel Glider Possum

Sub-class: Theriiformes

Family: Petauridae

Other Names: Wrist-winged Glider

Distribution: From small populatioms in S.A. through inland Vic.NSW and coastal and adjacent
inland Qld into CYP. Native.

Habitat: Dry sclerophyll forest and woodlands to wet sclerophyll forests.

Field Notes: A nocturnal, gliding ,marsupial possum.Body to 23cm, tail to 35cm.
Similar to Sugar Glider (P. breviceps) but larger.
Blue/grey to brown-grey fur on back and white fur on belly. Black stripe from above eyes to
mid back. End of tail black. Tail used as rudder when gliding.
Flying (gliding) membrane from front 5th toes to back feet.
Feeds on fruit, insects, tree sap etc.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_Glider

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Photos by Hairyman. South Burnett Arp 2012
 
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And this is where they have emerged at dusk every day for at least the last 35 years.
A hole in a silverleaf ironbark tree.
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At first I thought this one was a sugar glider as it was half the size of the squirrel glider above
but the markings are the same so it must be a young one.
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Nice pics is this with your camera or trail cam
 

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Not trail cam pics, fuji.
Mugga ironbark in the front yard is in full flower for the first time I can remember and
the gliders spend all night (i've checked) on the blossoms.
 

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Now I am going to look up Mugga ironbark Hairy and check out what the tree looks like. Great shots on the Fuji.
 
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