Animal Age

How old does a Short-eared possum get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Short-eared possum reaches?

An adult Short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) usually gets as old as 17 years.

Short-eared possums are around 16 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 29.62 kg (65.3 lbs) and measure 12.5 cm (0′ 5″). As a member of the Phalangeridae family (genus: Trichosurus), a Short-eared possum caries out around 1 little ones per pregnancy, which happens around 1 times a year. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 3.5 meter (11′ 6″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Short-eared possum gets as old as 17 years

The short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus) is a species of marsupial in the family Phalangeridae endemic to Australia. Found north of Sydney, the species was once classed as a mountain brushtail possum, which is its closest relative.In the wild, they can live up to 17 years of age, have a stable territory, and invest significant energy rearing their young.

Animals of the same family as a Short-eared possum

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Phalangeridae):

Animals that reach the same age as Short-eared possum

With an average age of 17 years, Short-eared possum are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies Short-eared possum

The same number of babies at once (1) are born by:

Weighting as much as Short-eared possum

A fully grown Short-eared possum reaches around 3.13 kg (6.9 lbs). So do these animals: