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.
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.
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.