Striped Possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata)

…a species of petaurid that is native to New Guinea, northern Australia and several surrounding islands. Striped possums are nocturnal and arboreal and use their prehensile tail, powerful incisors and elongated fourth finger to take beetle larvae and caterpillars from tree bark. They will also eat leaves, small vertebrates and fruits. It detects the larvae from inside the trees by rapidly drumming on them with the toes of its forefoot.  Striped possums are also noted for their unpleasant smell and loud calls.



Images: Jacqui Rock and Joe McKenna