A possum box can offer a safe refuge for possums in urban and rural environments.
Two species of possums are typically found in urban environments across Australia, the Common Brushtail and the Common Ringtail. The Common Brushtail Possum is endangered across much of it former range, so it is important that they are supported and protected, wherever they are still found.
Common Brushtail Possums are obligate hollow users – in that every day they return to a safe refuge, typically a natural hollow (referred to as a “den”) or where hollows are lacking possum boxes.
A lack of natural hollows can bring Brushtail Possums into conflict with its human neighbours, as they seek shelter in roofs or sheds. Supplementing natural hollows with an artificial den or possum box will increase available habitat and is likely to reduce potential conflict.
The Common Ringtail Possum is found across much of Eastern and South-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. In the northern aspect of its range the Ringtail Possum tends to use natural hollows or possum boxes, for shelter; while in the south the construction of a nest, or drey, in dense vegetation is far more common. Ringtail Possums in southern Australia however, also use a natural hollow or possum box, particularly in the wet winter months.
Significant alteration to many urban and rural environments has meant that natural hollows are now rare. The ability to construct dreys has meant Ringtail Possums are not as reliant as Brushtail Possums on hollows or possum boxes. However this species can also, like brushtails, come into conflict with their human neighbours, by sheltering in roofs or sheds. Supplementing natural hollows with a possum box will increase available habitat and is likely to ensure the potential for conflict is minimal.
This possum box provides an ideal alternative to a natural hollow for Common Ringtail and Brushtail Possums, where such resources are lacking.
Collection can be arranged for boxes; alternatively a freight charge will be applied. You will be advised of this cost, before payment is requested.