Possums are a type of pest that is not difficult to detect. They quickly adapt to living simultaneously with humans and often find a sanctuary in roofs and trees in the garden. Possums are much noisier than rodents and tend to make a big mess in the yard.


If you're still not sure if it's a possum that steals your good night sleep, check for these signs for the presence of possums in your property.


Possum droppings

Possum droppings are called pellets. They are long and crescent-shaped. They can be found separated or stacked together in groups. They are around 20-30 mm long and 5-15 mm wide.


Possum droppings have a distinctive smell. The colour and texture may vary based on the possum's diet. Possums droppings can be found around logs and trunks. You can also find stacks in the attic or on the roof.


Footprints and tracks

The possum's forefeet are different from their hind feet. The forefoot looks like a hand. It has five fingers each with a big, curved claw on end. The hindfoot has an opposable thumb without a nail. Usually, you'll see the imprint of the front paws.


The imprint can be around 3-4 cm consisting of four or five cushions with four or five toe pads. Possums walk on all four feet, and the space between the placement of the right and left feet is around 10-13cm.


Possums spent the day sleeping above the ground - in dents and holes in trees, even on the attic or ceiling. A possum can have several dens around your property, so you need to check around for fur, footprints, droppings or distinctive smell.


Damage on plants and trees

If you notice damages on the plants and trees in your garden, this could be a sign that you're dealing with a possum. The signs on the trees may include broken branches, bare branches with only a couple of leaves left on them, chewed leaves and more.


Horizontal scratches on the bark are most likely caused by a possum as well. They usually chew the bark on the trees to mark them as their territory. Scratches on the bark may happen as possums use their claws to climb up and down the trees.


Possums can damage the ground plants as well. They tend to leave a mess behind. The ground beneath their dent is often covered with partially eaten leaves and fruits. If you notice that the stems of the plants are crushed, the fruits and flowers are consumed, and the leaves have chew marks on them, it's probably because a possum is rampaging through the garden.

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Smell

Possums have scent glands on the chest, between the front legs and near their bottoms. Their instinct is to rub these glands on trees dents, trunks, around plants to mark their territory. Their excrements and urine have a strong odour that they use for marking territory as well. Possums can release different scents when they feel in danger.


Sounds

Possums make a range of noises at night when they're active. If you hear loud hisses, aggressive chatters, grunts or growls you might have a possum dwelling on your property.


Killing and fighting signs

Possums are omnivorous. They prey upon insects, small birds and their eggs. If you notice feathers, crushed eggshells or bone remains, a possum might hunt around your premises. Possums are messy eaters. You may even find animal remains that are left behind.


Possums are usually lone rangers. They don't like to share their territory with other fellow species. If another possum enters a marked territory, they will often fight with each other. These fights may leave grey or dark brown fur behind. The hair is 4-6cm in length.


Eyeshine

If you notice a red shine reflected from their eyes at night on the trees, they likely come from a possum.


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