Common Brushtail Possum Skull Replica or Brush-Tailed Possum measures 3.9 inches. Brush-Tailed Possum Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula, from the Greek for “furry tailed” and the Latin for “little fox”, previously in the genus Phalangista is a nocturnal, semiarboreal marsupial of the family Phalangeridae.

It is native to Australia and invasive in New Zealand, and the second-largest of the possums.

Like most possums, the Common Brushtail Possum is nocturnal. It is mainly a folivore, but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats.

In most Australian habitats, eucalyptus leaves are a significant part of the diet, but rarely the sole item eaten.

Its tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside. The four color variations are silver-grey, brown, black, and gold.

It is the Australian marsupial most often seen by city dwellers, as it is one of few that thrive in cities and a wide range of natural and human-modified environments.

Around human habitations, Common Brushtail Possums are inventive and determined foragers with a liking for fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and kitchen raids.

Its once vast distribution alone has been greatly affected by drought, epizootic disease and intrusion of invasive mammals into its habitat.

The Common Brushtail Possum was introduced to New Zealand in the 1850s to establish a fur industry, but in the mild subtropical climate of New Zealand, and with few to no natural predators, it thrived to the extent that it became a major agricultural and conservation pest.