brush-tailed possum

brush-tailed possum

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brush-tail possum

n
(Animals) any of several widely-distributed Australian possums of the genus Trichosurus
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Tooth wear as an age index in a population of the brush-tailed possum, Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr).--Wildl.
The brush-tailed possum, Said the priest finally, while dedicated to its mate, Devotes a good part of its time to solitary pursuits, The speculation among scientists being that this is Healthy for both partners, who come to each other With fresh information, as it were.
I don't know") rather than the fact that we want to see the pompous prat crack, or have his face torn to bits by an angry brush-tailed possum.
Various animals followed, including hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus), three species of the genus Mustela (stoat, weasel, and ferret), various species of deer (including Dama dama), chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), thar (Hemitragus jemlahicus), hares (Lepus europaeus), rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), wallabies (Macropus sp.), and the Australian brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).
In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, extinctions have often been primarily driven by the presence of introduced species, whether it's predators such as foxes, feral cats and rats, or voracious herbivores such as brush-tailed possums. Eradicating these interlopers from even relatively small areas is expensive and time-consuming--not to mention notoriously difficult--and permanently excluding them from the reintroduction area is equally vexatious.
Brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) from Tasmania were introduced into New Zealand to establish a new species of fur-bearing animals.
Because although the specially-doctored carrots they have produced are aimed at reducing the population of brush-tailed possums in New Zealand - and are also expected to be used to curb the birth rate of kangaroos in Australia - I can't help but feel the idea has potential way beyond marsupials.
The impact of the fox reduction is being followed by measuring survival rates of rabbits and brush-tailed possums (an alternative prey of foxes and feral cats).