Gardening for Wildlife forum: Possums in the garden

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tropicbreeze
Feb 14, 2012 6:21 AM CST
Sometimes I think it's not so much we garden for wildlife, rather it's the wildlife that lets us garden in their turf in return for a share of the goodies. Hilarious!

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SongofJoy
Feb 14, 2012 6:31 AM CST
I agree
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threegardeners
Feb 14, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Love those pics!
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Newyorkrita
Feb 14, 2012 1:02 PM CST
I agree Boy you got that right! Great pictures. There are possums here in my yard also but I have never seen one in a tree. Mine just wander thru at night looking for food.
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mistyfog
Feb 14, 2012 2:17 PM CST
Zig, those are fantastic photos. I think that critter is playing
with you.
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mcash70
Feb 14, 2012 2:55 PM CST
I agree Hilarious!
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Claudia
Feb 15, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Cute! We have them here too but they are just usually passing thru looking for food and move on.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore

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tropicbreeze
Feb 15, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Thanks for the comments. We have a lot of different species of Possum here, we even have some that fly. Although, in reality they just glide or 'parachute' between trees. They're normally called Gliders rather than Possums even though they're part of the Possum group of animals. On the name Possum. The correct common name for the American one is Opossum, the correct name for the Australian ones is Possum. The one in my photo is the Northern Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus arnhemensis. The Australian ones are not at all related to the American one, apart from being a four legged marsupial. There's some information on this link:

[url=www.bobinoz.com/blog/4013/possums-and-opossums-australia-and-america-all-explained/]www.bobinoz.com/blog/4013/possums-and-opossums-australia-and...[/url]

This link shows photos of some of the range of different possums we have (about 70 species of Possum, with some also in New Guinea and Sulawesi).

[url=www.ozanimals.com/wildlife/Mammal/Possums,Gliders.html]www.ozanimals.com/wildlife/Mammal/Possums,Gliders.html[/url]
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mistyfog
Feb 15, 2012 11:49 PM CST
Zig, many thanks for the classification names, and related info. Learning something
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SongofJoy
Feb 20, 2012 11:45 AM CST
Possums are really very cute (in my opinion), but if you are ever perceived to be a threat to their babies, watch out! Those things can fight with a strength far beyond their small size. Blinking
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LindaTX8
Feb 20, 2012 12:36 PM CST

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Yes, those are cute, but different than anything we have here. The possums around here are almost gone. Maybe the predators eat too many during the droughts.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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SongofJoy
Feb 20, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Those are different from the ones we have here too. Did you have a lot of them at one time, Linda?
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LindaTX8
Feb 20, 2012 12:46 PM CST

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I used to see them a lot, but gradually less over years...last year I only saw one in the spring, then nothing since.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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GordonHawk
Mar 8, 2012 1:14 AM CST
Zig... here's a picture of your Austrailian possums.. he broke into a bakery and this is how they found him/her ... she likes what you said about sharing with them.
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tropicbreeze
Mar 8, 2012 2:01 AM CST
Gordon, they are greedy. If you feed them they become very demanding and bite you if you don't give them anything. At my place I never feed them, especially not cake! Hilarious!
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