Sugar Glider

(Petaurus breviceps)

The Sugar Glider is a unique species of possum, relatively small weighing in at only 120 grams when reaching adulthood. They are very social living in large colonies with several adults and young.

Feeding on nectar, blossom, sap and insects they are capable of traveling metres in a single leap thanks to their wing membrane stretched between their wrists and ankles. Out of all possum species in the Dandenongs the Sugar Glider is one of the most common and can be found close to urban environments. In Mount Evelyn they can be easily spotted at night in close proximity to blossoming Acacia and Eucalypt species in locations like Quinn Reserve and Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve.

If taking a nightwalk in Mount Evelyn with a spotlight it is not uncommon to see one or more of these small possums but be alert as they’re quick and agile.