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Scientific Name: 
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Pseudocheiridae
Genus: 
Pseudocheirus
Species: 
peregrinus
Status: 
Least Concern
Quick Facts

Life Span: 6 -7 years

Size: Body - 30-35cm; Tail - 30-35cm

Weight: 700-1000g

Fun Facts

Name: The Common Ring-tailed Possum gets its name because of the prehensile tail that they use as a fifth limb as they climb and carry sticks and twigs to build their drey.

Helpful fathers: This is the only possum species known to have the male help rear the young. He will carry the young on his back while the mother feeds

The Common Ring-tailed Possum is an Australian marsupial found in a varity of habitats along the eastern coast of Australia.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008