Possum Box - Ringtail Possum
Lovely simple shape for a Ringtail Possum. Kit Form.
A possum box can offer a safe refuge for possums in urban and rural environments.
Two species of possums are typically found in urban and peri-urban environments across Australia, the Common Brushtail and the Common Ringtail. 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 a natural hollow or possum box, 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 natural hollows or possum boxes, 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 possum boxes 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 Possums, where such resources are lacking. This possum box comes in kit form, to reduce the cost, allow you greater involvement and potential satisfaction, in completing the nesting box yourself.
The addition of Spacers (2) is highly recommended for a possum box, if it is to be affixed to a growing tree.