SOUTHWESTERN PYGMY-POSSUM (Cercatetus concinnus) - ©Ray Dayman
The Southwestern Pygmy-possum is an Australian marsupial, commomly called the Western Possum or the Mundarda. It is a fawn-coloured creature no bigger than a kiwi fruit. Weighing an average of only 13 grams, this nocturnal marsupial has a short pointed snout, large forward directed eyes and big ears. It is thought to eat a diet of pollen, nectar, spiders and insects. Unlike its grey relatives, it is coloured a bright cinnamon colour. It is nocturnal.
Rangers caught 30 pygmy-possums in six days, far exceeding the scientists’ hopes. They caught the animals in pitfall traps, consisting of 20 litre buckets with disguised entrances set at regular intervals against a drift fence. Unsuspecting animals find the fence barrier and run along it until they fall into one of the traps. Rangers check the traps every day, document the caught animals and then release the them back into the wild.
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