Monday, December 13, 2010

Nocturnal visitor

We were returning from a recent night walk, and had practically reached our front gate when we had a chance encounter with another invertebrate lover. This one, a Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata), prefers to eat the invertebrates it finds. Striped Possums have an elongated 4th finger and use it to hook out wood eating grubs from within the trees. They also use their teeth to tear open the timber to expose the insects. The diet of this species is not just confined to insects, they also feed upon fruits, leaves, and will dine out on the honey of native bees if they are lucky enough to find some.

The Striped Possum just opposite out driveway. It dissapeared very quickly after this photograph. 

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