Opossums do not hang by their tails though a baby opossum might be able to manage this feat for a second or two but weight and body size in proportion to tail strength rule out the possibility . Like most possums the common brushtail possum is nocturnal it is mainly a folivore but has been known to eat small mammals such as rats in most australian habitats leaves of eucalyptus are a significant part of the diet but rarely the sole item eaten the tail is prehensile and naked on its lower underside the four colour variations are . Why the possums tail is bare retold by barbara shining woman warren possum once had a very long bushy tail he was so proud of it that he combed it out every morning and he always sang about it at the dances. The opossums tail serve to balance the animal just like the capuchin monkeys nonetheless the capuchin monkey can hang by its long prehensile tail but opossums just cant the opossums tail is probably too short or weak to support its entire body weight
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