The Mountain Pygmy Possum is the only marsupial in the world known to store food and hibernate for extended periods. It is also the only Australian mammal adapted to live exclusively in the alpine zone.
Its fur is grey brown above and lighter underneath. Its tail is longer than its body and usually coiled. Its nose and feet are pink and there are darker patches of fur around its eyes.
Alpine areas above 1400 m
Isolated populations in NSW and north eastern Victoria
Feeding and diet
It has a diet of Bogong Moths, other invertebrates, seeds and fruits.
Females normally have one litter of four young following snowmelt in spring.
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