Honey possums have a very limited distribution. They live in the extreme southwestern corner of Australia, hemmed in to the south and west by oceans, to the east by the vast desert of the Nullabor and to the north by high ground.

A honey possum (Tarsipes rostratus) on coral gum. (Photo by Animals Animals ©G. Thompson, OSF. Reproduced by permission.)

may cluster together because, by sharing small amounts of body heat, they can save more energy still. They wake periodically and when things have improved, they resume diligent solitary feeding to replenish their depleted reserves.

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