WILDLIFE Eastern pygmy possum

Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the eastern pygmy possum (Cercartetus nanus) easily tops the list of Australia’s cutest native animals.

An agile climber, it plays the important role of pollinator, helping to maintain bush health.

When it comes to setting up house, the eastern pygmy possum isn’t overly fussy.

It's found in a wide range of habitats from woodlands, heaths and rainforests to sclerophyll forests. to sclerophyll forests

Nocturnal, the eastern pygmy possum enjoys dinner after dark, feasting on nectar and pollen from eucalyptus, banksia  and bottlebrush.

During times of stress or lack of food over winter, it can enter a hibernation-like state known  as torpor.

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