Little Pygmy PossumThe appropriately named little pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) reaches a mere seven grams and has a head and body length of only 5-6.5 cm. It is indeed the smallest of all possums.
It occurs throughout a range of habitats, except rainforest. It spends much of its time in the lower, dense canopies of the understorey vegetation. It is most common in drier forests and heathlands in the east of the state. The animal generally nests in the hollows of old trees.
The little pygmy possum feeds on insects and lizards.
eastern pygmy possum is able to overcome these difficulties through its ability to enter torpor. This is a means by which an animal is able to reduce energy expenditure by lowering its metabolism. Its body temperature can drop to near that of its surroundings. Unlike true hibernation, torpidity generally only lasts for a few days at a time.
Contact: Wildlife Management BranchWildlife Management Branch
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
134 Macquarie Street GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 6556
Fax: 03 6233 3477
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