Possum with kereru egg. Photo - Nga Manu Images


Possums are opportunistic feeders, eating anything from leaves, flowers and fruit through to eggs, chicks, lizards and invertebrates, with leaves making up the majority of their diet.

Possums are a major threat to Rakiura's wildlife and habitats as they directly eat or compete with wildlife and cause significant damage to trees, shrubs and seedlings including Rakiura's iconic southern rātā.

Possums are hollow-dwellers and can occupy nesting sites which would otherwise be used by wildlife such as kākāriki and kākā.


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