Greater Glider

Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)

Petauroides volans

Identification:

Body length 400 mm; tail length 500 mm; weight 1.5 kg. Body may be charcoal-brown to creamy-white; large, fluffy ears; shaggy fur; long pendulous non-gripping tail; no stripes. Gliding membrane stretches from elbow to ankle.

Habitat and Range:

Tall eucalypt forests and woodlands. Uncommon, but widespread in southern Brisbane suburbs; probably extinct in northern and western suburbs. Recent records from Redland Bay, Alexandra Hills and Sheldon. Patchy distribution along coastal eastern Australia.

Notes:

Silent, solitary and nocturnal. Eats gum leaves. Dependent on large tracts of undisturbed, tall forest with suitably large nesting hollows; each animal requires approximately 1.5 ha. Similar to Yellow-bellied Glider but has fluffy ears.

Threats:

Land clearing and dogs.

Traces:

Landing scratches on tree trunks. Droppings are the size and shape of slightly flattened peas.

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