Small marsupial with thick, bushy tail. Weighs between 1.4-6.4 kg and can be grey, brown or black in colour.
To help protect our environment:
Forest, shrubland, pasture, orchards, urban areas.
Preys on invertebrates and native bird eggs and chicks, competes for cavities with cavity-nesting birds. Selective browsing on vegetation can eliminate preferred species, causing altered forest composition and canopy collapse of palatable species. Can act as a vector for bovine TB and compete with livestock for pasture.
If you see a possum on a pest-free island within the Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf, report it to Auckland Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.