Thursday, March 13, 2014

Creature feature #146: Cuscus

This cuddly-looking Common Spotted Cuscus is a marsupial closely related to the possum. She can be found in Papua New Guinea and at the very top of Queensland. Her tail is prehensile and aids her in climbing - the upper half is furred, and the inner coated in rough scales for added grip. She is shy and nocturnal, scrambling through the trees in search of fruits and berries, flowers, small animals and eggs. During the day she curls up on a sleeping platform that she constructs up in the branches. Solitary by nature, she comes together with the male only for mating and will give birth to up to three joeys, although only two will usually survive to maturity.

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