Share: Possums

Discussion in 'Nature' started by piggsy, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Did some searches and couldn't find much in the way of possum or marsupial threads ever. Found a decent subject starter for one, I think.

    This little guy has been a treat for the last few months and I was very happy to finally get some over a couple of nights recently. Unfortunately just about every single time other I've run into prime possum photography candidates I've totally failed in taking pictures, since they're nocturnal, and when I see 'em I usually have the LED ring light attached to a diopter in front of the lens and I'm unable to remove it and re-setup fast enough before they run (trying to hold the camera + flash bracket and big round LED seperately, then manual focus it... yeah it doesn't work well :D).

    Luckily these two times I had the oly 60 on me instead -









    Not sure if this is a true albino - from memory there's a more common-than-albinism variation in brushtails, where they are only de-pigmented in the fur, and still have pigment in the iris. If you think he's cute now you should have seen him when he was small enough to be carried around on mums back and used to run around on the ground doing 180s in midair trying to jump around and play with its food. Impossible to photograph at the time of course :p

    Also, bonus round, the other kind of possum that visits from time to time, the ring tails -


    the one time I've ever successfully done the de-mount everything and then take a photo of one at night with an MF lens thing.
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  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Those are a quite a bit cuter than the (North & South) American opossums (which almost everyone here calls possums and look like giant rats).
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  3. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    We zap 'em over here (spread TB & kill native birds) - self-resetting possum trap -

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  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    You're in New Zealand?

    That looks like it'd be useful for roof rats; I wonder if they sell those in the US (I can't find anyone selling them here).

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  5. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010

    These guys make self-resetting traps - I sponsor one in a friends (he runs a community nature project) attempt at clearing out a patch of native bush down in the South Island.

    Goodnature: Home

    Life an air-rifle - piston to the head. Perfect for unattended use around holiday homes or land that you don't normally get to. With normal traps you have to clear them out and reset them regularly. Not with these. Just replace the air canister and bait (they're working on pheremones to replace the bait) once in awhile.

    Apparently the other forest/bush critters come and take the bodies away too. Instant protein recycling.

    Pretty cool. Unfortunately much more expensive than the old fashioned type of trap but you get a lot more convenience.
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  6. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Interesting white fur possum!

    Ironic that a thread dedicated to possums, also demonstrates traps on how to get rid of them.
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  7. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Well, your options for removing them here are to hire a someone with a license to come and trap it, and then release it no more than 25 metres away on the same day. All of them are protected species.

    Never had any problems with them here - other than the recent photos making it clear who's been nomming all my marigolds :D The tall crackerjack ones in the back yard I'd been writing off to grasshopper attacks but now I look at them they kinda look more like the aftermath of one of those illustrations of a huge prehistoric macropod pushing over a tree to eat it :D
  8. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Yeah, they were confusing enough to be named after the american version on european discovery but I don't believe they're any more or less related than any other species between australia and the new world.
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  9. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    Possums are a nuisance invasive around here. They were introduced to WA State by homesick Tarheels. and since have spread all up and down the coast.
  10. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro



    Had to rescue a baby ringtail in our front yard today. About the size of the palm of your hand, was being attacked by 6 different birds at once (currawongs, crows and mynah birds at once), all trying to eye gouge it and pull its tail to drop it out of a tall fig tree. I tried getting them off it with the hose but that didn't work and it eventually got pulled out by its tail and fell about 5m into a bougainvillea below it, and the birds were back to attacking it the moment it put it's head or tail a millimetre out of where it was. Had to round up a neighbour to help get it to safety and spent hours pruning spines off the tree and coaxing it out of where it was, neighbour from down the street eventually got it to attack a blanket and bundled it up into a box to take to a vet later.
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  11. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Here's some representation of the North American variety. Forgive the crappy cell phone pictures. I considered getting out the E-M5, but the cat was a little too interested in Mr. Possum.

    This guy was invasive only in the sense that he was in my living room. How he got there remains a matter of conjecture.

    possum 2.JPG

    possum 3.JPG
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  12. manzoid

    manzoid Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2011
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  13. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Piggsy, I love the albino possum. :2thumbs:

    OK, I can show a few of brushtail possums.
    Enjoying a little bit of Easter bun.

    She likes (puts up with) a pat, so long as she has something to eat.

    And Mother brings her baby.


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  14. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    And more.



    Head shake!
    BTW, yes she is blind in her right eye (on the left).
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