Diet of the opossum (Trichosurus vulpecula Kerr) on farmland northeast of Waverley, New Zealand

On farmland near Waverley, New Zealand, 550 opossums (Trichosurus vulpecula) were shot between October 1968 and November 1969, and their stomach contents were analysed to find the ratio of pasture species to non pasture species eaten. Pasture species (grass and clover) formed about 30 percent of their diet. The economic loss to the farmer, where opossums are numerous, could be considerable. (auth)

Author A. E. Harvie
Year 1973
Secondary title Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society
Volume 20
Pages 48-52