Physical characteristics: The brush-tailed phascogale has gray col-
ored fur on its back and white or creamy fur on the underside of its
body. Its brush tail is black with long, 2-inch (5.5-centimeter) hairs.
Its body is 5.8 to 10.3 inches (14.8 to 26.1 centimeters).
Geographic range: Brush-tailed phascogales live in coastal areas of
Habitat: These animals live in dry eucalyptus forests and
woodlands with an open understory—not a lot of smaller plants
growing under the tallest trees—in temperate and tropical areas of
Diet: Brush-tailed phascogales feed on nectar (sweet liquid produced
by plant flowers), large insects, spiders, and small vertebrates, animals
with a backbone. They tear the bark off of trees to look for food.
Behavior and reproduction: This animal spends much of its time up
in trees, and is nocturnal, or active at night. Brush-tailed phascogales
make their nests in tree holes or forks, and also mate there. Females
give birth to about eight young, who are attached to her nipples, feed-
ing, for about forty days. After that, they stay in the nest until they’re
five months old.
Brush-tailed phascogales and people: These animals occasionally
eat poultry raised by humans, but they also eat mice and insects,
which humans may appreciate.
Conservation status: The brush-tailed phascogale is not currently