Mom wants to know...
December 29, 2007 7:20 PM   Subscribe

What species is this this lemur-like animal?
posted by panamax to Science & Nature (10 answers total)
That looks an awful lot like a possum to me, or what they call possum in Australia, not in the US.
posted by jessamyn at 7:25 PM on December 29, 2007

Gosh, it looks a lot like a galago. But pinker. Maybe a vey young bush baby?
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:25 PM on December 29, 2007

Try asking these guys.
posted by andythebean at 7:25 PM on December 29, 2007

Yeah, looks very possum-ish to me too. My main experience with them is the big ones squashed on the road but the ears and face shape looks right (although not so much the nose? Possibly need to find the right kind of possum).

Knowing if it's a marsupial or a mammal would really help narrow it down. Where does the image come from, do you know?
posted by shelleycat at 7:29 PM on December 29, 2007

Is that a sugar glider?
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:47 PM on December 29, 2007

It's a possum of some form (Aussie version, as Jessamyn said - I didn't know they had possums in the US). My local zoologist says "without scale, there's no way to tell which kind".
posted by pompomtom at 7:51 PM on December 29, 2007

Thirding that it looks like a member of the marsupial/possum family. Darn cute. Reminds me a bit of a squirrel glider.
posted by cmgonzalez at 7:53 PM on December 29, 2007

Yup, possum. Although they're usually flatter and more dead than that when I see them.

Specifically, it looks like the Australian Common Brush-Tailed possum. Their coats are quite variable so if you search for images they can range from almost black to a rich brown as well as grey.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:00 PM on December 29, 2007

Yeah, Aussie Possums (as opposed to Opossum, the US version with the rat-tail) are cuter than cute. We used to love seeing them at dusk during walks through Hyde Park in Sydney. Even the fruit bats are cute...
posted by qwip at 5:25 AM on December 30, 2007

There are some very tame, very fat possums living in parks in Melbourne. Bless.
posted by John Shaft at 4:48 PM on January 13, 2008

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