Of all the native wildlife that still occurs in Mount Evelyn the kangaroo is one everyone can point out whether you’re a local or a tourist passing by on the way to the outer valley. A large marsupial the Eastern Grey Kangaroo remains secure and common across it’s range, weighing in at nearly 70kg and…

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Also known as the Black Wallaby the Swamp Wallaby is a small macropod measuring from the head to tail-base 70cm (for males) and weighing on average 17kg (for males). This species is found from Cape York to South-Western Victoria being found along the entirety of Australia’s east coast. Here in Mount Evelyn they’re a common…

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A common sight to all Victorians regardless of a rural or urban setting. This possum is a true survivor making home in city blocks or out in the bush weighing in at 860 grams the Common Ringtail Possum is a fairly large species and common in Mount Evelyn although probably less abundant then the much…

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A small possum species hence it’s name as a ‘pygmy possum’, the Eastern Pygmy Possum weighs in at a range of 15-45 grams and is a solitary animal except when joeys are still by their mother’s side. Often confused with small rodents such as mice some key differences between this species and a common house…

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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…

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Out of all the possum species in Mount Evelyn and the surrounding area the Common Brushtail Possum is the most commonly encountered possum for example while taking a stroll and seeing one on a telephone pole, having a curious individual visit a balcony or perhaps annoyingly (to some people) having them run across your roof…

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Weighing up to 4.5 kilograms the Bobuck is the stockiest of the Brushtail possums and more heavily built then the Common Brushtail Possum. The Bobuck is a relatively new species ‘on the block’ only being described in 2002. Bobuck’s typically occur higher up in wet sclerophyll forest, they have been confirmed to be present in…

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By far one of the cutest of the native wildlife still found in Mount Evelyn the Feather-tail glider holds a unique distinction it is the world’s smallest gliding mammal weighing only 12 grams. A social species living in groups of up to 30 animals, they are also capable of gliding over a significant distance up…

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Bandicoots are small marsupials, around 40 cm long, with bristly grey-brown fur, a white underbelly and pointed ears and a long snouty nose. They use their front feet to dig for food. As they forage for underground insects and larvae, they leave behind a series of small conical holes – known as ‘snout pokes’. Bandicoots…

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The only Funnel-web spider found near Melbourne is the Victorian Funnel-web (Hadronyche modesta), which can be found in the Dandenong Ranges. It is not aggressive or dangerous, however you may get a headache and feel sick if bitten. Although these spiders are related to the Sydney funnel-web spider, they have not been implicated in any…

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