is the singles species in the genus Petauroides, with
a head and body length of 300-480 mm and a tail length of 450-550
mm. Adults weigh between 1.2 and 1.5 kg. Coloration of the soft
silky fur ranges from black to gray to creamy white upperparts
and light gray or pure white below. White headed or all white
individuals are common. The tail is prehensile, completely furred
with the exception of the underside of the tip. Females have
two mammae and a well developed pouch.
P. volans has recorded glides of 78 meters during which
the arms are bent at the elbows positioning the forearms above
the head so that the front feet nearly meet at the chest. Tall
woodlands and sclerophyll forest are the preferred habitats.
Known to travel across open ground at times, this mammal lives
most of its life arboreally. It is nocturnal and spends its
days in hollows of trees high off the ground. This den is sometimes
lined with stripped bark or leaves, transporting the preferred
materials in its rolled up tail.
primary diet of P. volans is the bark, leaves and bud
debris of a specific species of Eucalyptus.
Females are polyestrous and produce one young per season. The
baby is attached to the nipple for the first six months and
after releasing, spends an additional 6 months in the pouch,
then another 4 months as a dependent nestling, often travelling
on its mother's back. Young are fully independent at 10-13 months
and reach sexual maturity at two years. Life span is believed
to be about 15 years.
P. volans is found in E Australia, from Dandenong Ranges
(Victoria) to Rockhampton (Queensland).