Den sites of possums, Trichosurus vulpecula, and frequency of use in mixed hardwood forest in Westland, New Zealand

Forty-seven common brushtail possums, Trichosurus vulpecula , were radiotracked to 282 dens on 546 occasions. Just over half of all dens were in living trees; the remainder were evenly distributed between dead standing stems (including short stumps) and logs, with a few (3%) in banks and rock fissures. Of all the den entrances, 73% were at, or below, ground level amongst root systems or in logs. Although dead standing stems (over 25 cm d.b.h.) made up only 4% of standing stems in forest below 500 m altitude, they contained 41% of the dens. Each possum probably used between 10 and 15 dens each year. There were no differences in den choice and frequency of use between mature males and females

Author W. Q. Green and J. D. Coleman
Year 1987
Secondary title Australian Wildlife Research
Volume 14
Number 3
Pages 285-292