Caged opossums (Trichosurus vulpecula) were fed on leaves of one or more of their normal food plants and on a pelleted commercial food ration. The number of faecal pellets voided per day (24 hours) was proportional to the amount of food eaten. Opossums maintaining a constant body weight produced 98.3 (plus or minus standard error 3.0) pellets per day, confirming earlier estimates from less natural diets.
|Author||A. E. Fitzgerald|
|Secondary title||Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society|