Common Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpecula

Squirrel Glider - Petaurus norfolcensis

For many people in urban areas of Australia, the Common Brushtail Possum is a species that due to its noisy and at times destructive behaviour we love to hate. The Common Brushtail Possum has an extensive range and with this comes considerable variations in size and colour across Australia.

Housing requirements -   Common Brushtail Possums are a relatively easy species to keep. They require a high enclosure and a good size floor area to forage on the ground. Brushies are territorial and mostly solitary, so when considering housing a pair,  the larger the enclosure the better. Include a number of nest boxes to reduce potential disputes. DSE minimum enclosure size 10sq metres at 3 metres high for 1 animal with 5sq metre increased floor area for each additional animal. Enclosure sizes from, Jackson are 3.5L x 3.5W x 3H(M) space for each additional animal 2.0L x 2.0W(M). When furnishing the enclosure make sure feeding areas and nest boxes are protected from the weather. Make a base structure of furnishings with vertical and horizontal branches at different heights in the aviary. Natural rope can also be used. Adding larger fresh branches in addition to browse always changes the environment, keeps the animals active and provides the possums with new materials to build their nests with.

Health - As with any species good husbandry practices, clean enclosures, properly fed animals and enclosures not being over crowded, prevent the majority of disease and health issues. The basics to look for in Brushtails is ectoparasites (fleas, mites) endoparasites (worms). Protozoans (toxoplasmosis). As with any captive marsupials relationships can change quickly, with Brushies observational health checks can be the early identifyer for any potential problems. For more in depth health information refer to Australian Mammals Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson. For information on diet. Breeding & introductions. Next box sizes & aviary design logon to the Members area.


The Squirrel Glider was added to the Victoria Wildlife Schedules in 2009.  As a species it has found its way into private collections very successfully. A Squirrel Gilder has similar features to the the more commonly kept Sugar Glider, with the exception being that the Squirrell Glider is approximately twice the size of a Sugar Gilder.

Housing requirements - It is important to note Squirrel Gilder will hybridise with Sugar Gliders it is never recommended to house these species together. Recommended enclosure requirements are 5sq meters for 2 animals and 3m high. Increased floor area of 1.5sq meter per extra animal. For the construction of a Squirrel Glider aviary steel tube would be the best material. Wood exposed to the Glider will be chewed and treated timber should always be avoided. Wire used on aviaries is 12 mm x 12 mm x 1.4mm thick, weld mesh. Furnishing the aviary depends on the space you have, securing branches to the wire or planting them in the ground straight up and down to mimic tree trunks is a good start. It is unlikely that this species will glide unless given a large enclosure.

Health - As with any species good husbandry practices, clean enclosures, properly fed animals and enclosures not being over crowded, prevent the majority of disease and health issues. The basics to look for in Squirrell Gliders is ectoparasites (fleas, mites) endoparasites (worms). Protozoans (toxoplasmosis). Nutritional osteodystrophy - know as hind limb paralysis can be common in captive Sugar Gliders as a Petaurus species the Squirrel Glider should also have similar considerations with this potential captive issue. Caused by a calcium deficient diet, adding calcium to the diet can be done by calcium dusting insects or gut loading insects with a high calcium diet. For more in depth health information refer to Australian Mammals Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson. For information on diet. Breeding & introductions. Next box sizes & aviary design logon to the Members area.

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