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Possums do climb really well, and just one feature
that enables them to do just that, is the
prehensile tail. Despite what you may have read or
heard, possums are unable to hang from their
tails, but it sure does come in handy when you’re
trying to catch your balance. It helps the possum
to find its centre of gravity whilst it’s jumping
and climbing around in the air, much in the same
way that a tightrope walker would use that long
Baby possums have been known to hang from their
tails along tree branches, like you may have seen
in kids shows and cartoons, but if an adult possum
were to try that, the tail wouldn’t be strong
enough to carry its weight. It would either cause
injury to the tail, or the possum would fall down.
Possums love to live in the trees because there is
a lot of food up there on offer. Fruits, seeds,
flowers, leaves, and much more, and that’s before
you start on the bugs - insects, flies and
beetles, etc. that are crawling around. All of
these things are great dishes for the possum, and
if they need to clamber up the tree to go after
it, they will do just that.
Of course, it's not just food up there in the
trees, the high branches also provide plenty of
protection from predators. Down on the ground, the
possum would be at risk of attack from foxes,
coyotes, feral dogs, pet cats and dogs, and plenty
of others. It’s quite a dangerous world on ground
level when you’re small and furry, and possums
have adapted to climb well in order to keep
The trouble with possums and their great climbing
skill, is that they don’t just use it for trees.
They’ll climb trees in your garden, sure, but
that’ll be to sneak into your home when you’re not
looking. Or they’ll be climbing fences to get into
your garden. They may even climb the fence to get
away from the pooch it didn’t realize lived in
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