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The Spotted Cuscus

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The Spotted Cuscus by Nelson Long
Description and Classification
The Spotted Cuscus is covered in fur which the colours include from tan to grey to white. It sometimes is described looking as a monkey. It has a face which is round, small eyes, a sensitive nose and ears that are barely visible. Its tail has no fur on it. The female Spotted Cuscus has no spots at all while the male has chocolate brown or black spots on his back, ironically. It is a marsupial and belongs to the possum family. The Spotted Cuscus is also known as Phalangista maculate. It belongs to the Phalangeridae family which is possums and cuscuses.
Food
The Spotted Cuscus mainly eats leaves, fruit, reptiles, and birds. In captivity it can be partial to eat eggs and meat.
Habitat
It lives usually in a hollowed out part of a tree or on a platform it has made for itself in the branches. Their range is in New Guinea and the north-eastern islands of Australia.
Life cycle
1. They are born
2. They go with their mothers everywhere
3. When they are about 3 years old they start to look for food themselves
4. As there are many hazards in the wild, they might not get to live their full life expectancy.

Impact on environment
The Spotted Cuscus plays a part in the ecosystem and without it, many creatures which live only on the Spotted Cuscus might not survive.
Interesting facts:
1.They are usually widely hunted and often transported and sold as a pet or as food in local markets in New Guinea.
2. It is rarely spotted in Australia, maybe because it is a very shy creature.
3. Spotted cuscuses are the largest of the possums.
4. Its ears cannot be seen usually.
5. One half of its body is covered in fur while the other isn’t.

Bibliography:
World Book Ci-Cz.4
Australian-animals.net/cuscus.htm
animal.discovery.com/guides/mammals/habitat/tropforest/spotcuscus.html
www.hedweb.com/animimag/cuscus.htm
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