Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Boddaert, 1785), Queensland, Australia. Five subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Tasmanian ringtail, western ringtail, rufous ringtail; French: Ringtail commun; German: Gewöhnlicher Ringbeutler.
Length 23.6-27.6 in (60-70 cm), weight 24.7-38.8 oz (700-1,100 g). Gray-brown fur with light underside. Tail is long and thin; end half is pale color.
Southwestern Australia coastal areas along eastern coast from Cape York to Southern Australia; Tasmania and Bass Strait islands.
All types of vegetation with dense shrubs and understory, from heathland to rainforest.
Noctural (mostly before midnight), building large nests from twigs and leaves (dreys), often several members of a family group building nests immediatly next to each other, or nesting together. Living in pairs or groups. Males take part in care of the young.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Leaves, fruits and flowers are eaten. Common ringtails can detoxify eucalypts. Coprophagy of cecum contents is common.
Normally two young are born, between April and November. They leave the pouch within 120 days, are weaned at about 180 days and sexually mature within 12 months. Mating system is not known.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Suburban individuals can be a minor nuisance to gardeners by eating flowers, buds etc of ornamental plants (e.g., roses). ♦
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