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What do possums look like?

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Possums are tan, black, brown, white or grey in color. They have long tails that do not have fur and sharp claws. Possums range in height from 4 inches to slightly more than 3 feet tall.

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Possums are marsupials found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Sulawesi. There are 69 different species. Possums should not be confused with the opossum found in North America. Possums are found in bushland and rainforest areas, where they live in hollow trees and logs. They spend most of their time in trees, and they are nocturnal. Possums eat insects, leaves, flowers, nectar, fruits, small mammals, birds and reptiles.

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