Greater Glider

From the Flickr description:

    I learned tonight that Petauroides volans is actually a gliding possum and is more closely related to the Lemur-like Ringtail Possum than other gliders. They are nocturnal marsupials, eating mostly eucalyptus leaves. About the size of a cat but considerably longer (about a metre long including the tail), they have a membrane stretching from each elbow to the knee. When extended this membrane forms a kind of wing that allows them to glide up to a reported 100m. We didn’t see any gliding this night.

I would have been a bit surprised to see it glide, it looks kind of chubby!

Via Julian Robinson’s Flickr photostream.

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#1 Grace on 05.14.08 at 10:01 am

It does look chubby, doesn’t it? I wonder how much is just fur. I wonder if these things are related to lorises and bushbabies.

#2 Snuzzy on 05.21.08 at 3:34 am

This little guy is awesome and super snuzzy!

I’d love to hang out with one of these for a while! Have a little cup o’ tea, maybe?