The Greater Glider is Australia’s largest gliding mammal. They have thick, fur on their back and thick fur on the very long tails and large fury ears.
They can be found in different dark and light-coloured morphs.
Greater Gliders are found along the east coast of mainland Australia, from central Queensland to central Victoria. They are found throughout old growth, forested bush but are absent from high altitude alpine and sub-alpine habitats, and now absent in any cleared areas.
Greater Gliders are forest-dependent and prefer older tree age classes in moist forest types.
They use hollow-bearing trees for shelter and nesting, with each family group using multiple den trees within its home range.
They eat mainly young eucalypt leaves.
Because they are highly dependent on forest and large hollow-bearing trees, habitat loss and fragmentation through clearing and bushfires pose a threat to Greater Gliders.
Climate change may also contribute to the contraction of suitable habitat. Fragmented populations have a reduced ability to recolonise suitable habitat and are at risk of genetic decline.
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