Honey possums inhabit heath, shrub land and open woodland with undergrowth of south-western Australia. They feed on nectar and pollen and are grey-brown above, pale cream below and have three stripes down the back. They are expert climbers and have a long snout and tongue so they can reach deep inside the flowers they feed on. They mainly come out at night so they rely on their sense of smell as well as their large eyes to find their food and locate other animals.
Honey possums are ready to mate when they are around 6 months old. Raising the young is left up to the female. When the young are born they are very tiny but immediately make their way to the mothers deep pouch, staying in the pouch for 8 or more weeks, feeding on milk from the four teats inside the pouch.
When they are ready to leave the pouch for the first time, their eyes are open and they have a nice warm covering of fur. At first the young are left in old bird nests or hollow trees while the mother feeds, but after a few days they climb on their mother's back. At about 11 weeks they stop taking their mother's milk and set of to find a home of their own. They grow to around 20cm long including their tail and weigh up to 10g. Females tend to be heavier than males. They live 1 to 2 years.
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