Like most possums the common brushtail possum is nocturnal it is mainly a folivore but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats in most australian habitats leaves of eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten the tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside the four colour variations are . Opossums do not hang by their tails though a baby opossum might be able to manage this feat for a second or two but weight and body size in proportion to tail strength rule out the possibility . The opossum can hang from its tail for short periods of time but the creature doesnt sleep hanging from its tail as some people think opossums have been observed carrying bundles of grasses . Why the possums tail is bare retold by barbara shining woman warren possum once had a very long bushy tail he was so proud of it that he combed it out every morning and he always sang about it at the dances rabbit used to have a long bushy tail too but he lost his in the frozen lake
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