Golden Brushtail Possums
Golden Brushtail Possums are one of Australia’s largest tree-dwelling marsupials but they're ...
Golden Brushtail Possums are one of Australia’s largest tree-dwelling marsupials but they're rarely seen in the wild, being found mostly in small pockets of Tasmania. These adorable and rare creatures are an unusual form of the common brushtail possum that get their fluffy golden coats from a genetic mutation that results in low levels of melanin in their skin and fur; this is the same pigment that gives human skin and hair its colour and makes you look tanned.
The mating season is in the fall. Gestation lasts 17-18 days. One young is born, staying in the pouch for 4-5 months. Another 1-2 months is spent suckling and riding on the mother's back.
Golden brush-tailed possums are solitary, but they may share sleeping sites if there is not enough shelter.
The golden brush-tailed possum is often studied as a model marsupial species. They are often considered pests. The golden color that some brushtails exhibit is actually a genetic mutation.