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Catch and Release
Possums are protected in NSW and catching possums without a licence is illegal in NSW. Local Pest Control Illawarra is licenced to offer the service of removing a possum or possums from your home. A relocated possum will not survive in a new territory. So you need to rehouse them nearby, away from your roof, ideally in a tree in your garden. It is illegal to relocate or to kill a possum.
Once the possum is safely removed from your home, remember to block off the access points into your roof and have any overhanging branches trimmed away from your house.
You can also install a nesting box in a tree. You could make it yourself out of timber or purchase from a produce or hardware store or LPCI could install it for you.
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They have three pairs of upper incisors, one pair of lower incisors. Their head is rounded with slightly bulging eyes. Their ears are rounded with a white patch behind their ear.
The colour can be variable, grey to near-black back, sometimes tinged red-orange, white to red-orange below, red-orange legs.
The tail has a white tip, naked underside, furred above. Carried in a coil when not used.
Communication is by sound and scent. Deep guttural coughs and sharp hisses are frequent forms of communication, particularly in the breeding season. You may sometimes hear this sound as they travel across your roof at night when they move between feeding areas.
The common brushtail possum breeds throughout the year, with the majority of births between March and November. Females reach sexual maturity of approximately one year and males in their second year. Adult female possums have a large, forward-facing pouch.
A single furless young is born after a 17.5-day gestation, weighing 200 mg and measuring approximately 15 mm. The young makes it way from the birth canal to the large forward-facing pouch where it will attach itself and suckle from one of two teats. It makes its first pouch exit at around 121 days and permanently leaves the pouch at around 150 days.
colour with a black band across the snout, they have a white to brownish-yellow belly. Adults can weigh up to 4 kg. The total length from head and body is between 35 and 55 cm, tail length is approximately 25-40 cm.