| This agile opossum can run quickly along a vine or telephone wire. When it runs it holds its long tail horizontally, but when it moves more slowly it sometimes coils the tip of its tail around a branch or vine. If it is startled, it usually freezes with its tail hanging straight down.
Woolly opossums are strictly nocturnal and spend most of their time in the trees, making their homes in both evergreen and deciduous forests. Their leafy nests are well above the ground. When it is building a nest, the opossum coils its tail around leaves to carry them to the nest site. These opossums eat insects and fruit and may also eat small vertebrates. At times they also feed on nectar, and may help pollinate some plants when they move from blossom to blossom.
Total Length: 600-700 mm; Tail: 58-67% of total length
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