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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Marsupials
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Keywords:Animals, Australia, D7000, Marsupials, Queensland, Tasmania
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Tasmanian Golden Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpecula

Tasmanian Golden Brushtail Possum - Trichosurus vulpecula

GOLDEN BRUSHTAIL possums, adorable and rare, are an unusual form of the common brushtail possum that get their fluffy golden coats from a genetic mutation that results in low levels of melanin in their skin and fur; this is the same pigment that gives human skin and hair its colour and makes you look tanned.
Unfortunately for these little guys, their colour is more of a bane in the wild because it makes them conspicuous to predators. It's hard to hide among the leaves when you've got bright golden fur! Because of this, the golden brushtail possum is a rare sight in the wild, being found mostly in small pockets around Tasmania where they have fewer wild predators.

(Source: Australian Geographic)