Animal Stories - Common Ringtail Possum


Animal-World Information about: Common Ringtail Possum

   The Ringtail Possum, often called just the 'Ringtail', got its name from its curled tail.
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maryam - 2010-03-16
hi guys i had to do project about ringtail possums and i still need to know why they are threatened.



maryam

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Jan - 2007-12-26
Hi, hubby and I save a ringtail from the cat a few weeks ago outside our bedroom at about 3:30 in the morning. Poor little thing had lost quite a lot of fur. I didn't think it would live, but to our surprise it's doing well and certainly eating well. I would like to put it back out into the garden once all injuries have healed and fur has regrown, but wonder since its been away from its family for sometime if our back yard would still be its territory. We have made a box and its quite happy sleeping in this each day, but not as yet have put the box out onto the tree out back. He is in the bathroom in the garage at present which is quite spacious. I would say he is about half the adult size you suggested they grow too.
Jan

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Gemma - 2007-09-29
hello my name is gemma ,
and my cousin and i were getting fish & chips and we found a tail possum on the side of the road. It is only a new-born and its mother and father have died by poisining.
we will try and get more info about taking care of it .
thankyou gemma.

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Emily - 2007-02-27
Hello,

My name is Emily and I live in Victoria, Australia. About 15 minutes ago I caught a baby ring tail possum that a few of the neighbourhood cats were tormenting. The same thing happened yesterday morning and I believe it to be the same possum. I noticed that the day before yesterday there was an adult possum and a baby possum dead under some powerlines across the road. I think that its a fairly good chance that they are the family of the possum I have because I know it has been in a tree in full sun for around 3 days. It is about the size of the palm of my hand so I know that it is quiet young. I know that they eat fruits and flours and leaves, but I don't know how to tell the sex.
I shall keep looking on the internet for more information (the same things seem to be repeated on every website). Thank you

~Emily


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JAK - 2006-10-16
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE A WILDLIFE LICENSE TO CARE FOR AND RELEASE POSSUMS (IE. WIRES) IT IS ILLEGAL TO KEEP THEM AS PETS!!!!
POSSUMS SHOULD BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE WILD AROUND 6MONTHS AFTER BEING RAISED FROM AN ORPHAN!!! THERE ARE VERY HIGH FINES FOR KEEPING THESE ANIMALS AND YOU SHOULD ALL CONSIDER THIS!!!
Editor's note: To find out if an exotic animal is legal to own in your state, this site lists government agencies by state to contact:
http://www.juliesjungle.com/laws.php

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alesha farrel - 2006-06-08
i really love these lil creatures, especially their long curled tail

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Anonymous - 2006-03-05
OMG i live in australia too! i have made them a little house in the top of the trees.
they are the best creatures around if I must say so my self, well yes i love them!
peace from australia

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C Ward - 2006-01-01
Hi,my name is Catherine,
We live 2 hrs north of Sydney and on an acreage. We made a tree house and placed it in a tree in one of our gardens. The garden has large water vessels, flowers, bottle-brushes planted in a circle. It is fairly cool because of the tree shade and lots of small plants under the tree. Our pair of possums live in the treehouse and are very sociable with us. We give them fruit and vegetables in moderation. They appear to be rearing another family at the moment and are precious to watch. We feel priviledged to share our garden with them. We also have sugar gliders in one of the paddocks who are shy but are curious and will come close. It is a very special responsibilty that we are proud to be involved in!

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Amy - 2005-08-12
hi, i live in Australia. I have had lots of pet possums as pets. One possum in particular called Blossum I raised, I had for seven/eight years, who died last year from old age. She was the friendliest possum and would go down your jumper and sleep. I have also raised brush tailed possums and many other ring tailed possums, but have died due to unknown causes. I now have one brush tail and ring tail.

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Sandy - 2005-07-08
I live in Australia too, we have a box nailed high in a tree to keep the possums out of our roof. They come down every dusk to feed on the little bits of fruit we leave out for them. I believe you need a schedule 1 license to own one, but don't know of anyone personally that has one as a pet. Many wildlife carers end up raising orphans. They really are very beautiful and sweet.

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