Cuscus:-Australian Animal (Video Included)

Common Spotted Cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus) ...

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This cute guy does have a bit of an odd name Cuscus, also known as the common spotted cuscus. For those that have been lucky enough to see one, often do not realize what they are seeing, sometimes it is mistaken for a possum. (Especially the grey colour cuscus). They only live in the very top of Australia, but are just about everywhere in New Guinea, and surrounding Islands. It is still being debated if the animal is a native of OZ or New Guinea. It is assumed the animal come either way, when there was only a small amount of sea water between the 2 countries, as it is believed that during these low sea levels thousands of years ago, there was waves of migration during that time.

Tuepfelkuskus p maculatus map

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They are not endangered, or rare, but are very shy animals and they are mostly nocturnal, but have been seen during the day. Cuscus come in a variety of colours, white, red, browns, grey, spotted and even black. Males are spotted, females don’t have any spots at all, but the white cuscus can be either male or female.

Cuscus tacheté

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The cuscus is about 35 to 65 centimetres long or 14 to 26 inches, their tail is 32 to 60 centimetres or 13 to 24 inches long. Their fur is rather thick, and they use their long tail to help in climbing trees. They eat a large variety of different plants, as well as fruits, and have been known to eat small animals, and eggs. Cuscus has a pouch to raise their young. The babies stay in the pouch for about 6-7 months. They can be aggressive animals; they can scratch, bite and kick potential predators.

Reference:- Wikipedia.

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13 Responses to Cuscus:-Australian Animal (Video Included)

  1. The animal takes on so many different looks – the top photo, his fur makes him look koala-like. In the middle photo, he has a bit of the Tas Devil stare in his eyes and face, and the bottom, the video, all white fur, he has some aspect of a polar bear. I’ve eaten “couscous” but never heard of the animal cuscus. Another good one Mags.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      He does look different depending on the colouring of the fur. I tried to find out where the name actually originated from but I didn’t have any luck on that one.

  2. malc50 says:

    It’s a New Guinea word, first used by Europeans in the mid 17th century, Mags. The Encarta Dictionary gives its etymology as “Origin: French couscous or modern Latin cuscus from Dutch koeskoes from a language of New Guinea”. Cheers, Mal.

  3. Selma says:

    I haven’t ever seen one but he is really adorable. He does look shy. Awwww.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Selma,
      He is adorable, I love the beautiful big eyes, and I would love to be able to feel the fur, it is supposed to be very thick, I assume it would be really soft.

  4. dearrosie says:

    What cute little guys. Interesting that they come in so many colours. And also that only the males are spotted

  5. Bronwyn says:

    They really are cute! I love the orange spotted and the white ones – what a pity they’re so far away. One of the other cuscus sites said that they got their name from the sound they make. God sure did create some beautiful and adorable animals! Way to go DAD! Bronwyn RSA

  6. magsx2 says:

    Hi Bronwyn,
    I agree the spotted ones are very cute. It is a shame that their habitat is in only a smallish area.
    Interesting about the name, thanks for the info. 🙂
    Thank You very much for visiting and your comment.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    My thanks to everyone for all the interest roused about this small creature.No one at the tea table would believe such a creature existed.We were eating couscous part of our meal when I made a comment.

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