[Last updated 22un October 2017]


Possum Photos


The nestbox videos don't give a very good idea of what the possums look like in "person", so I've included some photos of them here. To start with, I've just put one photo of each possum with a very brief biography. You can click on the photo for a larger image. Later I'll try to expand this into more of a gallery.


There are a lot of unknowns with these biographies. For instance, with the brushtails it is almost impossible to tell who is the father of any of the babies; brushtails don't form pairs and there are normally a number of eligible males around during breeding season.


Also, baby possums seem to leave the area soon after they become independent. It's likely that some of these babies have returned as adults, but it's not always possible to tell: The baby Kiki certainly returned as an adult after her mother disappeared, and it's likely that Queek and Švejk also did.


Index (Alphabetical)

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Brushtails (In order of first seen)

Ginger
Ginger

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: November 2004
Last Seen: January 2006
Mother: unknown
Children: Cocoa and Kulfi

Ginger was the first possum we knew. She was named after her love for gingerbread; one night she was found outside a window where a gingerbread house was sitting. Ginger was one of the few possums who wouldn't bite the unprotected toes of humans. I don't know what became of her; it seems that she left the area when her daughter Cocoa grew up.


Cocoa
Cocoa

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Right ear torn
First Seen: June 2005
Last Seen: August 2007 (killed by dog)
Mother: Ginger
Children: Queek, Švejk and Kwila

Cocoa had a lot of character. She seemed to get into trouble more often than any other possum. She got smeared with tar when young. Later her ear got torn nearly in half and once she was found in a tree, in the middle of the day, exhausted and being mobbed by birds.


Unfortunately, Cocoa was killed by a neighbour's dog.


Blackbeard
Blackbeard

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Black marking under chin resembling a beard. Colouring became very rufous over time.
First Seen: September 2005
Last Seen: October 2007
Mother: unknown

Blackbeard is the first male possum we knew. He was the dominant male in the area for a while.


Kulfi
Kulfi

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: December 2005
Last Seen: September 2006
Mother: Ginger

Left home when he became independent. He may have briefly visited in September 2006, but we are not certain this was him. It's also possible that the possum we named Leopold was actually Kulfi grown up.


Olaf
Olaf

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Large and strong
First Seen: August 2006
Last Seen: October 2006
Mother: unknown

Olaf was a marauding male who stayed around for a few months in 2006. Although particularly big and strong, he wasn't fierce or obnoxious. He was like a big teddy-bear.


Queek
Queek

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Blueish patch on left eyeball where he received a scratch.
First Seen: August 2006
Last Seen: May 2009
Mother: Cocoa

Queek was one of only two male possums who returned to the area after having to depart as youngsters—or so we believe, there is no certain way of telling that the adult Queek was the same as the baby Queek that we knew.


Svejk
Švejk

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Tip of tail completely bald for several centimetres. Muscular. Became very rufous over time.
First Seen: January 2007
Last Seen: December 2012
Mother: Cocoa

Švejk is the other male possum who returned to the area after having to depart as a youngster. As with Queek, there is no certain way of telling that the adult Švejk was the same as the baby Švejk, however he is particularly similar in looks and personality.


Švejk was the dominant male in the area for some time but has now not been seen for an extended period.


Leopold
Leopold

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: May 2007
Last Seen: May 2007
Mother: unknown

Visited briefly. It is possible that this possum was actually Kulfi grown up.


Kwila
Kwila

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2007
Last Seen: October 2007
Mother: Cocoa

Kwila was still very young when her mother Cocoa was killed and she appears to have been chased out of the area soon after, probably by Jezebel or Leena


Jezebel
Jezebel

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Very bushy tail with white tip
First Seen: September 2007
Last Seen: September 2007
Mother: unknown
Children: possibly Leena

Came into the area after Cocoa was killed and harassed Kwila. She left soon after. It's possible that she was scouting for a territory for Leena, who appeared soon afterwards and may have been her daughter.


Hazel
Hazel

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Eyes always looked red in photographs
First Seen: November 2007
Last Seen: November 2007
Mother: unknown

Never visited the house. Was usually only seen from a distance.


Basil
Basil

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: The outer edges of the inside of his ears were a peculiar silver-grey colour (not obvious in the photo) which gave the impression they were glowing. White tip on tail.
First Seen: November 2007
Last Seen: January 2008
Mother: unknown
Children: May be Kiki's father

While most possums would take food from hand in a gentle manner, Basil would often swipe with his claws.


Leena
Leena

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Small but noticeable white tip on tail.
First Seen: February 2008
Last Seen: October 2010
Mother: unknown, but may have been Jezebel
Children: Kiki, Kirra, Yoshi and Java

Leena took over the area after Cocoa was killed. Although a shy and gentle possum (towards humans), she had a habit of attacking any male possums sleeping in boxes in her territory. Leena disappeared suddenly in October 2010, leaving her baby Java (who at that stage was barely independent) to fend for herself. Under the circumstances it seems likely she was killed at this time.


Kiki
Kiki

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Missing middle toe on front left foot.
First Seen: September 2008
Last Seen: October 2015
Mother: Leena
Children: Fifi, Ninja, Zorba, Piranha, Lex, Flea, Nosferatu, Spock, Amiri, Oz, Comet, Toto and Kyoo

Once independent, Kiki was chased out of the area by her mother Leena, but took up residence nearby. During this time she occasionally visited—usually to show us her new babies (or maybe to show her babies a food-source which existed in the area). After Leena disappeared, Kiki reclaimed this territory as her own and was the dominant female. She now hasn't been seen for a while and may have left the area to her daughter Toto.


Kirra
Kirra

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Comparatively golden coloured fur
First Seen: March 2009
Last Seen: October 2009 (found dead on the road, apparently killed by a car)
Mother: Leena

They say (although I'm not sure how accurate this is) that 80% of male possums don't survive their first year, with the majority being killed soon after they become independent. Unfortunately Kirra was part of this 80%.


Hulot
Hulot

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Long-legged appearance.
First Seen: August 2009
Last Seen: April 2010
Mother: unknown

A marauding male who appears to have been chased out of the area by Švejk. His gangly, bumbling appearance reminded us of Monsieur Hulot.


Fifi
Fifi

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: White tip on tail
First Seen: October 2009
Last Seen: February 2010
Mother: Kiki
Children: unknown

We never got to see much of Fifi, who was Kiki's baby while she was in exile. At one stage, the young Fifi squeezed through an incredibly small gap to sleep in the ceiling space.


Pesto
Pesto

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: March 2010
Last Seen: September 2010
Mother: unknown

A marauding male, possibly also chased out of the area by Švejk.


Yoshi
Yoshi

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Considerable white tip on tail
First Seen: November 2009
Last Seen: August 2010
Mother: Leena
Children: one un-named male baby

When independent she took to sleeping in a stack of tyres in the garage. Once she had a baby of her own, she was chased off by Leena. We hadn't got around to naming the baby (who we had only seen a couple of times) before this happened.


Ninja
Ninja

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: March 2010
Last Seen: May 2010
Mother: Kiki
Children: unknown

Another of Kiki's babies while in exile.


Java
Java

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2010
Last Seen: October 2010
Mother: Leena
Children: unknown

Was chased out of the area by her older sister Kiki soon after her mother Leena disappeared.


Zorba
Zorba

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Golden coloured fur similar to Kirra and Lex
First Seen: October 2010
Last Seen: December 2010
Mother: Kiki

Left home when he became independent and has not been seen since.


Piranha
Piranha

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: White tip on tail. Fierce (although not bad-tempered).
First Seen: February 2011
Last Seen: September 2011
Mother: Kiki

He remained in the area for much longer than his older brother Zorba, but has now departed. He was fairly fierce as a baby and was heard to make an adult-sounding puffing noise while still on his mother's back. He is famous for the epic fight where he repelled the much larger Marlon when he was sleeping in box 5.


Although he has now left the area, we have high hopes for his survival.


Dexter
Dexter

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: No white on tail.
First Seen: May 2011
Last Seen: Aug 2014
Mother: unknown

A young male who visited for a short period early in 2011. He took food from hand the first night he came to the house. This lack of shyness makes me think he might be one of the young males from this area coming back, however he didn't look like Zorba, who was the only one of the right age.


Dexter was apparently seen again at various times in 2012, 2013 and 2014, however he has no unambiguous distinguishing marks and I can't be certain that these were all the same possum.


Marlon
Marlon

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Tip of tail partly bald and coloured white
First Seen: July 2011
Last Seen: March 2013
Mother: unknown

Marlon closely resembles Švejk and may be related to him.


He was initially particularly shy of humans and it took several months before he would take food by hand. On a couple of occasions he would sleep in one box or other almost every night for an extended period.


Lex
Lex

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Initially a very orange coloured baby, then became a golden colour like Kirra. Small amount of white on tip of tail
First Seen: August 2011
Last Seen: December 2011 (found dead in a neighbour's garage, after apparently having been hit by a car)
Mother: Kiki

He was particularly fond of practicing gymnastics on the balcony railing wires. Like Kirra, Lex was one of the unfortunate majority of young male possums who don't make it to adulthood.


Flea
Flea

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Very pronounced white tip on tail
First Seen: January 2012
Last Seen: October 2012
Mother: Kiki
Children: One unnamed baby of unknown gender

Flea is a very active and acrobatic possum. Even when she was still inside the pouch, she would flail around enough to almost overbalance her mother.


Flea was been chased out of the area by Kiki and hasn't visited since. She had a baby in the pouch when she was chased out. It is possible that this baby visited box 3 on 12/2/2013.


Pinot
Pinot

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Looks similar to Marlon but younger and with a tail more like Kiki's.
First Seen: March 2012
Last Seen: June 2013
Mother: unknown

A visiting male similar to Marlon, but seems to be younger and lower down on the packing order. Initially nervous (but not as nervous as Marlon); it was several weeks before he would take food from hand. Now, however, he is very bold towards humans and cheeky to other possums. He is also a bit of an exhibitionist; he was seen mating with both Kiki and Flea.


Pinot has never needed to be treated with antibiotics, despite having suffering injuries that would have normally required such treatment.


Wesley
Wesley

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: No white on tail. Central stripe on face almost completely missing. Very nervous manner.
First Seen: June 2012
Last Seen: April 2013
Mother: unknown

Another visiting male probably around the same age as Pinot. He has a distinctive walk and manner.


Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Gender: Uncertain, possibly male
Distinguishing marks: No white on tail.
First Seen: August 2012
Last Seen: August 2012 (disappeared, may have been eaten by python)
Mother: Kiki

Named because of his expression in the photo shown (click on this picture to see a larger version). Nosferatu has not been seen since late August 2012, at which point he was still back-riding and occasionally suckling — far too young to go off on his own. Given the large number of carpet pythons in the area around this time, it's quite possible he fell victim to one.


Spock
Spock

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: No white on tail. Patch of fur missing from top of nose.
First Seen: February 2013
Last Seen: July 2013
Mother: Kiki

Intelligent and inquisitive. Very gentle and friendly to humans. Also seemed to be somewhat friendly to (or at least tolerant of) the ringtail Wasabi, which is quite unusual.


Amiri
Amiri

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Very fluffy tail with no white on it, very slight nick out out of top of left ear.
First Seen: August 2013
Last Seen: April 2014
Mother: Kiki
Father: Possibly Dexter

Amiri is particularly cute and photogenic. Although very mischievous and energetic as a baby in the nest box, he was always calm and well-behaved towards humans. As an adult, he was very smart and agile and seemed to have the ability to move from A to B in complete silence. Amiri has now been chased off by Kiki.


Baxter
Baxter

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Grey-looking, no rufous colouring
First Seen: September 2013
Last Seen: September 2013
Mother: unknown

This possum was found trapped in the ceiling and hasn't been seen since he was released.


Deckard
Deckard

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Fluffy tail
First Seen: September 2013
Last Seen: September 2013
Mother: unknown

Visited Box 2 once, where he fought with and ejected the much larger Dexter. Hasn't been seen since.


Thor
Thor

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Scratched face and multiple nicks out of ears.
First Seen: January 2014
Last Seen: January 2014

Only visited once. Looks more like a real Thor than the comparatively young and well-groomed Hollywood version. Old and battle-scarred but in very good condition.


Oz
Oz

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Shorter ears than most brushtails
First Seen: February 2014
Last Seen: August 2014
Mother: Kiki
Father: Probably Dexter

Highly active and inquisitive. May have left the nest box to go exploring while still a young baby under the care of Kiki. Despite his inquisitive nature, Oz was lucky or smart enough to avoid suffering any injuries the entire time he was here (usually possums pick up at least a few scratches or pluckings, and many require treatment for infections). Oz has now been chased off by Kiki.


Prok
Prok

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Unusual white tip on tail almost identical to Flea
First Seen: April 2014
Last Seen: January 2015
Parents: May be related to Flea

When Prok first appeared, he was mistaken for Flea because the tip of his tail looked identical to Flea's. Prok occasionally sleeps in Box 1 or 3, and has also been seen in the garage door. He is very shy of humans and has never taken food from hand, although will often take food left out for him when no one is present. Prok seems to be lower down on the pecking order than the older Dexter and has been seen being chased by him.


Comet
Comet

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Was injured underneath the tail near the tip and the tail is slightly swollen in this area and from some angles looks kinked.
First Seen: August 2014
Last Seen: August 2015
Mother: Kiki

Comet was even more of an exploring possum than his older brother Oz. He slept on his own in the ceiling space once while still under the care of Kiki. He stayed in the area much longer than any of Kiki's other babies.


Farley
Farley

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Very rufous colouring. Tail tapered at the end. Lean body.
First Seen: January 2015
Last Seen: April 2017
Mother: unknown

Farley was the dominant male for a couple of years. In Feb 2015, he started using the possum boxes and since then had slept in boxes pretty much every night. In March 2015 he suddenly decided to take food from hand and immediately become confident around humans.


Farley is a pushy possum. Rather than wait for food, he cranes forward and snatches with his hands. He often comes into house to toe-bite. He seems to suffer from pluckings and wounds considerably more often than other possums.


Toto
Toto

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: February 2015
Last Seen: March 2017
Mother: Kiki
Children: One baby which disappeared when very young. Had another baby in the pouch when she left the area in 2016

Toto is a calm and confident possum and also seems to be skillful at evading fights with larger possums. In Sept 2015 she took up living in the ceiling and had a baby in the pouch. This baby disappeared at around Nov 2015. She left the area in Aug 2016. She returned in Feb 2017 and has been occasionally visiting the house since then.


Sasha
Sasha

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Very fluffy tail. Colouring is less rufous and more contrasty than most possums. Larger than most possums.
First Seen: April 2015
Last Seen: October 2017
Children: Puck, Flynn, Mischa, Raffi and Arrow [would have had children prior to Puck]

Sasha is an adult female who suddenly appeared in the area. She was bold enough to take food from hand the first time she visited. Her size and appearance are unusual for this area and it is possible she was (illegally) relocated here from a relatively distant location.


Puck
Puck

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2015
Last Seen: September 2015
Mother: Sasha
Father: Probably Farley

Puck was a typical baby possum; bold, energetic and a trial to his mother. He disappeared when still very young and may have suffered some mishap.


Kyoo
Kyoo

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: September 2015
Last Seen: October 2015
Mother: Kiki
Father: Probably Farley

Kyoo looked like another confident youngster. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much of him, as Kiki left the area soon after he started to back-ride.


Flynn
Flynn

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: January 2016
Last Seen: June 2016
Mother: Sasha
Father: Probably Farley

Flynn has now left the area. Flynn was a toe-biter like his parents. Although (when last seen) was cautious due to his relative youth, he is persistent and will probably turn out pushy like his father.


Mischa
Mischa

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Right eye has traces of an injury (now barely visible). Tail somewhat bald at the tip.
First Seen: July 2016
Last Seen: March 2017
Mother: Sasha
Father: Probably Farley

Mischa had the misfortune to have a tick attach itself under his right eye-lid when he was still very young. After it dropped off, the eyeball had turned almost completely blue and looked in bad shape but got better over time. Despite this setback, Mischa was bold and adventurous and ventured further into the house than either of his parents. He grew to be large and muscular (for his age) and has now probably left the area permanently.


Raffi
Raffi

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Very bushy black tail.
First Seen: January 2017
Last Seen: August 2017
Mother: Sasha
Father: Probably Farley

Raffi seemed to be less aggressive towards other possums than some youngsters and also seems more inclined to sleep in than other male possums. It is not clear whether this would have changed as he grew older, because he was chased out of the area at a young age (early June 2017). His being chased out earlier than normal may be because his father left the area around that time, and the incoming male, Marlowe didn't want him around. He was brave enough to come back for a visit in August 2017.


Marlowe
Marlowe

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Large and strong
First Seen: December 2016
Last Seen: October 2017
Mother: Unknown

Marlowe resembles Thor and may be his offspring. He appears to have taken over from Farley as the dominant male in the area. Until August 2017, he kept away from the house and was difficult to photograph but now accepts food from hand.


Arrow
Arrow

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Nothing obvious yet.
First Seen: August 2017
Last Seen: October 2017
Mother: Sasha
Father: Probably Farley

Although something of a toe-biter when he comes into the house, Arrow is a fairly calm possum.




Ringtails (In order of first seen)

Pumpkin
Pumpkin

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Cheerful expression
First Seen: August 2007 (possibly earlier)
Last Seen: March 2009(?)
Mother: Unknown
Children: Google, Pi and others

A very friendly ringtail. Although we had seen other ringtails before, Pumpkin was the first we got to know.


Google (on right)
Google

Gender: ?
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2007
Last Seen: September 2007(?)
Mother: Pumpkin

On the right in the photo (Pumpkin is on the left). Google was more outgoing possum than hir twin Pi.


Pi
Pi

Gender: ?
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2007
Last Seen: September 2007(?)
Mother: Pumpkin


Gumdrop
Gumdrop

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Scars across the nose. Tip of tail has very little white and is also slightly tiger-striped. Has a triangular bite mark out of the right ear (not shown on photo).
First Seen: September 2009
Last Seen: February 2012 (probably eaten by python)
Mother: Unknown
Children: Rosebud, Gumnut, Chilli, Lychee, Wasabi and others

Gumdrop was around for longer than any other ringtail. Since she often went long periods without visiting and only occasionally slept in a nestbox. It's unclear how many babies she has had, but it appears to be around ten. On two occasions she had three babies in the pouch simultaneously, which I believe is unusual for a ringtail, who normally only have twins. She would take food from hand. Sadly, she and one of her babies (probably Lychee) were attacked by a python in nest box 2, and one or both were eaten.


Rosebud (on left)
Rosebud

Gender: Male?
Distinguishing marks: Has a black spot on the white tip of the tail
First Seen: December 2009
Last Seen: April (possibly August) 2010
Mother: Gumdrop
Children: Unknown

On the left in the photo, hiding behind Gumdrop


Gumnut
Gumnut

Gender: Female?
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: August 2010
Last Seen: September 2010
Mother: Gumdrop
Children: Unknown


Chilli
Chilli

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: January 2010
Last Seen: April 2010
Mother: Gumdrop
Children: Unknown


Stilton
Stilton

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Very long white tip on tail
First Seen: April 2011
Last Seen: Late 2011
Mother: Unknown
Children: Unknown, but quite likely Lychee and Wasabi

Named because of his supercilious expression. Wouldn't take food from hand and refused to visit nestboxes.


Lychee
Lychee

Gender: ?
Distinguishing marks: White tip on tail mid way between Gumdrop and Stilton
First Seen: October 2011
Last Seen: February 2012 (probably eaten by python)
Mother: Gumdrop
Father: Possibly Stilton
Children: none

Lychee appears to have been with Gumdrop when they were attacked by a carpet python in box 2, and was probably eaten.


Wasabi
Wasabi

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Right eye was injured and now has a smaller pupil which is noticeably white. Has a dark spot on the white tip of the tail similar to Rosebud, and also a black spot on his back.
First Seen: October 2011
Last Seen: April 2017
Mother: Gumdrop
Father: Possibly Stilton
Children: Definitely Vindi, Maple, Clover, Koji, Keeta, Nebo and Niva. Most likely Tabasco, Batgirl, Red and others.

Wasabi is much less shy than most other ringtails and will readily take food from hand and enter the house. He has his own schedule and will occasionally go away for months at a time, returning when least expected. In March 2014, and again July 2015 ,he was kept in a cage for nearly a week while being (successfully) treated for a tail infection. He seems to take particularly good care of his offspring.


Tabasco
Tabasco

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Two small nicks out of left ear and one out of right.
First Seen: September 2012
Last Seen: November 2012
Mother: Unknown
Father: Possibly Wasabi

Was probably one of two babies who visited with their mother in September 2012. Did not seem to be very shy but had not taken food from hand. His name was chosen in the hope that, like Wasabi, he will prove to be distasteful to pythons.


Vindi
Vindi

Gender: Probably female
Distinguishing marks: About half of tail is white
First Seen: March 2013
Last Seen: March 2013, Possibly also June 2013
Mother: Possibly Ruby
Father: Wasabi

On left in photo, Wasabi is on the right.


Visited the house in March 2013 with Wasabi who appeared to be looking after her.


Ruby
Ruby

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Cheerful expression. Larger than Tilda
First Seen: March 2013
Last Seen: March 2017 [found dead, probably killed by a python]
Mother: Unknown
Father: Unknown
Children: Red, Maple, Clover, Koji, Keeta, Nebo, Niva possibly Vindi, and a number of others who had only been seen briefly and hadn't been named.

Had been seen close to the house for a long time, but only started taken food from hand in June 2015. She visited regularly since that time and since 2016 started bringing her babies to the house. She was found dead early in March 2017 after having apparently being killed by a python.


Tilda
Tilda

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Somewhat mottled/scarred tail. Nick out of right ear. Missing a thumb on her right hand.
First Seen: September 2013 (but most likely June 2013 and probably earlier)
Last Seen: Currently visiting regularly as at Sept 2015
Mother: Unknown
Father: Unknown
Children: Two babies as at Jan 2014, one of whom was probably Batgirl

Is often seen about, sometimes with Wasabi. Built a drey in a wattle tree in the front yard in January 2014. Started to take food from hand in October 2014 and still does so sporadically.


Batgirl
Batgirl

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: January 2014
Last Seen: April 2014
Mother: probably Tilda
Father: probably Wasabi

A very brave and athletic possum. When barely independent, she was not scared to approach humans on her own.


Red
Red

Gender: Unknown
Distinguishing marks: Very red fur with black streaks. Colouring resembles Darth Maul.
First Seen: September 2015
Last Seen: September 2015
Mother: Ruby
Father: probably Wasabi

Visited the house back-riding on Ruby early in September 2015 but hasn't been seen since. Ringtails often keep their babies away from the house, so Red may still be around.


Maple
Maple

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Fairly dark red colour
First Seen: February 2016
Last Seen: November 2016
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Visited the house with Ruby and Wasabi, back-riding on Ruby. Is a twin with Clover. Maple has been seen looking her younger siblings Koji and Keeta.


Clover
Clover

Gender: Unknown
Distinguishing marks:
First Seen: February 2016
Last Seen: April 2016 (possibly September 2016)
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Is a twin with Maple. Stayed in the trees nearby when his parents visited the house with Maple.


Koji
Koji

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Can be distinguished from Keeta by the white tip of the tail which is approx 1/3 length of the tail
First Seen: July 2016
Last Seen: October 2017
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Is a twin with Keeta. As a baby was somewhat more outgoing than Keeta, he voraciously grabbed food out of Ruby's mouth and was not scared of humans even when very young. After Ruby was killed in March 2017, he took over looking after his younger siblings Nebo and Niva. Koji is very gentle when taking food from humans and never even accidentally scratches hands.


Keeta
Keeta

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Can be distinguished from Koji by the white tip of the tail which is less than 1/4 length of the tail
First Seen: July 2016
Last Seen: November 2016
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Is a twin with Koji. Keeta is a very tough possum and when a baby took being attacked by Sasha in her stride. She was comfortable around humans and would take food from hand. Now no longer visiting.


Nebo
Nebo

Gender: unknown
Distinguishing marks: Can be distinguished from Niva by the white tip of the tail which is compartively long
First Seen: January 2017
Last Seen: March 2017
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Is a twin with Niva. Now no longer visiting.


Niva
Niva

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Can be distinguished from Nebo by the white tip of the tail which is compartively short
First Seen: January 2017
Last Seen: April 2017
Mother: Ruby
Father: Wasabi

Is a twin with Nebo. Niva is a very brave and active little ringtail. He is confident but gentle in taking food from humans.


Zoe
Zoë

Gender: Female
Distinguishing marks: Has a distinctive black band high up and black spot low down on the white portion of her tail. Also some small notches in her left ear.
First Seen: March 2017
Last Seen: October 2017
Mother: Unknown
Father: Unknown

Zoë was first seen after Ruby was killed. She is currently cautious of humans and has only taken food from hand a couple of times.




Honorary Possums

Scruffles
Scruffles

Gender: Male
Distinguishing marks: Big chunk out of top of right ear
First Seen: August 2013 (but possibly earlier)
Last Seen: February 2014

Scruffles is a black rat, but has learnt that if he acts like a possum he can get treated like one.


Very smart and active and can be cheeky towards possums.


Rats have only short lives so he is unlikely to still be alive.