The Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) is a member of the Petauridae family, one of the marsupial families. It is found in Australia and on the island of New Guinea, as well as several other small islands in the area. It is notable for its distinctive colouration. The species is black with three white stripes running head to tail, and its head has white stripes that form a ‘Y’ shape. It is closely related to the Sugar Glider, and is similar in appearance.
This possum looks like a black and white squirrel, and its size is between 25 and 27 cm long. The Striped Possum’s tail is prehensile. Its fourth finger is larger than the others (like that of the Aye-aye, which is another rainforest animal) and uses it to take beetles and caterpillars out from tree bark. In addition, the Striped Possum eats leaves, fruits, and small vertebrates, and can only be found by hearing the sound it makes chewing and drinking in the forest.
The Striped possum lives in rainforests and euclypt woodland along the east coast of Cape York Peninsula in the tropical North Queensland Australia, but is more commonly found in New Guinea.
The female striped possum has two teats in her pouch and can give birth to as many as two young. However, not a lot is known of this possum’s breeding habits.
The Striped Possum is one of the least known marsupials and safe in its habitat.
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