Feather Tailed Glider

08th May 2017
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(Acrobates pygmaeus)

The Feather Tailed Glider is the world's smallest gliding marsupial. Named for its long, feather-shaped tail, it is just 6 to 8 cm long and only weighs 10 to 16 grams.

It can leap and glide up to 25 metres with the help of a skin membrane between its fore and hind legs.

It feeds on nectar, pollen and insects and produces live babies that live in the pouch until they are big enough to climb onto their mother’s back.

They are found in most bushlands and survival is increased in areas with tall trees, relatively close together so they can move around to hunt for food.

Preserving hollow trees is very important for these endangered possums.

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