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Mammals

A mammal is a warm-blooded animal that breathes air, has a backbone, and grows hair at some point during its life. In addition, all female mammals have mammary glands that produce milk to feed their young. Marsupials are a type of mammal that carry their young in a pouch. Possums are marsupials.

What is a Habitat?

Watch the video below to find out. 

 

Meet Percy the brushtail possum.

Percy is on her way home after a night out foraging for food and exploring the park. Let's see what Percy gets up to... 

Percy the possum looks up at the bright moon in the night sky. Percy loves her nightly adventures. Tonight, she’s feeling very happy, because her tummy is filled with lots of yummy eucalyptus leaves. The sun will be rising soon, and Percy is exhausted after a night exploring the park. It’s time to head home.  I wonder who she might meet along the way?  

Fun Fact - Brushtail Possums come in different colours and sizes depending on where they live. They can be silver-grey, black, brown and gold. Brushtail Possums living in cold, wet areas are dark and fluffy, but possums living in warm areas are light grey and small.  

Activities - Mammals

1. Parts of a possum

2. Build Percy a habitat

In groups or individually, build a habitat for Percy. What do possums need? Use cardboard boxes, loose parts like sticks and leaves, and craft materials. 

3. Life cycle of a possum

4. Habitat explorers

  • How many habitats can you find in your area?
  • Go for a walk with a piece of paper and a pencil.
  • Record all the different types of habitats that you see. 
  • When you come back, make some drawings of the habitats or places where you saw creatures.
Banner Image: Andrew Mercer (CC BY-SA 4.0)