Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Common Ringtail Possum at Paddys River, ACT

Pseudocheirus peregrinus at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Feb 2021
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Pseudocheirus peregrinus 25 Feb 2021 DonFletcher
Pseudocheirus peregrinus 25 Feb 2021 SWishart

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Sorry a bit gruesome but at least you can't smell it. Fur and entrails scattered in close proximity to body; no head


DonFletcher wrote:
   25 Feb 2021
Thank you for the record SWishart. Its biology, we dont know gruesome. Ring tail possums have a localised patchy distribution, so records of this species are of quite some interest. However I'm feeling a little bit skeptical about your location, which maps as being on the ridge between Johns Peak and Camels Hump. If you dont mind, please can you confirm (or correct) the location?
   25 Feb 2021
Don who do you think is the most likely predator?
DonFletcher wrote:
   25 Feb 2021
I'm struggling with that question Michael. Eating the head and plucking fur are common to larger raptors, foxes and cats, And all are capable of separating the fore- and hind-quarters like this. Probably not a POWL, it would have flown off with the remainder of the carcass (unless it was frightened off suddenly). Maybe someone else can help.
SWishart wrote:
   25 Feb 2021
Hi Don, I can confirm the location as I wandered up camel back firetrail yesterday and via the new marked track to Johns Peak (and onto Tidbinbilla Peak). The ringtail was on the footpad to Johns Peak past the old communication tower and a bit under 10 min on from where I saw the botany bay weevil (also posted).
DonFletcher wrote:
   25 Feb 2021
Many thanks SWishart.

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