The head and body length is 180-290 mm, tail length is 270-490
mm and weight is 0-500 grams. They usually have an ornate
color pattern, including the diagnostic stripe which extends
between the ears and eyes almost to the nose. The prehensile
tail is longer than the head and body and the terminal portion
is hairless, with color variations from cream to pink.
They are more arboreal than other large opossums, generally
inhabiting forested country and living in tree hollows or
limbs. They are most active during the evening, night or early
natural diet consists of fruits, seeds, leaves, soft vegetables,
insects, and small vertebrates. They may also feed on carrion.
lanatus is found in N and C Columbia, NW and S Venezuela,
E Ecuador, E Peru, E Bolivia, E and S Paraguay, N Argentina
(Provincia Misiones), and W and S Brazil.