Squirrel Glider

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Genus: Petaurus
Species: Petaurus norfolcensis
Common names: Squirrel Glider
ALA reference

Photo credit: Alan & Stacey Franks, Hollow Log Homes
Photo credit: Alan & Stacey Franks, Hollow Log Homes

A few weeks ago Alan and Stacey Franks from Hollow Log Homes did another survey of our nesting boxes. It is very pleasing to be able to report that two of the four glider nesting boxes contained families of squirrel gliders. Many of the possum boxes contained common brushtail possums and one was also resident in the owl nesting box. Some of the small parrot nesting boxes had small bite marks around the entrances showing that parrots have been interested. Stacey suggested that this is often the precursor to the parrots nesting the following year. (February 2009)

The great news is that two of the four glider nesting boxes are occupied by Squirrel Gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis) with their young. In most cases the population of these little marsupials is governed not by the availability of food but by suitable nesting sites. Because of its history the Reserve has very few old trees with hollow trunks or branches that typically supply this need. So the provision of these nesting boxes has made a very positive contribution to increasing the population of these little animals. The removal of the Cat’s claw vines from the trees in this area has also facilitated their movement, as they need clear tree trunks on which to land when they glide from other trees. (August 2008)

Photo credit: Ric Nattrass
Photo credit: Ric Nattrass
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