Natural habitat

Western Ringtail Possums sleep in dreys made of leaves and twigs, rest in tree forks, use roof cavities or even nest on the ground if there is dense understorey. Abandoned rabbit warrens, grass tree or palm tree skirts also serve as occasional day shelters and tree hollows of course where they are available.
Western Ringtail Possums are used to living in a fairly extended territory where they are able to find enough food - the smaller the food resources, the bigger the home range.

Captivity

In captivity it is impossible to mimik those conditions of the wild, neither in their quantity nor their quality.
In captivity we have to limit the living space for each ringtail. It has to be at least not smaller than the sizes given in the 'Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation in WA'.
To mimik their day shelter in a captive situation is easy because the size of a nest box just needs to be big enough for an adult western ringtail possum to fit in (or slightly bigger for a common brushtail possum).
For both, cages and nest boxes, the number of different designs is limitless just depending on your imagination or on their affordability.
We have put together a few examples of different sizes, designs and/or materials. We will add more as soon as 'new inventions' come to our knowledge.

Please select Shelter Factsheets (Species/Shelter/Factsheet) at the sidebar to your left.