Synchra (synchra) wrote in wtf_nature,
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MY FAVORITE MARSUPIAL

Well I saw the sugar glider post so I thought why the hell not post about greater gliders? The somehow lesser known gliding possum.

I think they are just some of the cutest things on the planet:


Here is a wikipedia entry about them.. which is sadly very short:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Glider

more info:
http://www.centralpets.com/animals/mammals/marsupials/mrs4426.html
http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/23.htm

The first time I ever saw one was on the Crocodile Hunter Diaries years ago. Here is a screen shot from that episode:



HERE IS SOME LINKS TO TONS OF PICTURES:
http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/images/parks_and_forests/management/seqfa_rnd3/greater_glider.jpg
http://www.jcu.edu.au/school/tbiol/zoology/auxillry/mammals/Picts/glider1.jpg
http://tedsaustralia.ssws.us/GreaterGlider.jpg
http://cas.bellarmine.edu/tietjen/images/Marsupial_squrl_greater_glider_01.jpg (this one is gliding!)
http://www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com/images/glider_Harry.jpg
http://www.knowyoursto.com/images/genuspossums/petauroides-volans01.jpg (loooooong tails)
http://img1.photographersdirect.com/img/17846/wm/pd1217064.jpg (sometimes they have hilarious ears like this)
http://www.scarysquirrel.org/vacation/australia/natives/greater_glider.jpg
http://www.darwin.museum.ru/expos/bio/Img/b_possum.jpg
http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/animal/a4/GreaterGlider_J01-Closeup.jpg (MADE OF FLUFF)
http://www.kidsbiology.com/library/image.php?src=/images/repository/Schoinobatesvolans1156372548.jpg&width=300&height=400

And a video:

(warning: weird annoying sound playing in background of video.)

Interesting fact: they have two thumbs on each hand, kinna like a koala. (you can actually see it in the top photo.)

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Tags: australia, marsupial
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