How to Draw a Brushtail Possum

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Brushtail Possum in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Brushtail Possum.

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How to Draw a Brushtail Possum - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a small face, with two eyes and a nose.

Step 2: Add two big, pointy ears to the top of the head.

Step 3: Draw a long, arched line as the back.

Step 4: Extending off of the back, add a long, bushy tail.

Step 5: Now draw the front leg, with a thick thigh and tapering down to a small foot.

Step 6: Draw the second front leg.

Step 7: Draw the hind legs now. They will be big at the top with small feet.

Interesting Facts about the Brushtail Possum

The Brushtail Possum is the most common marsupial in Australia. It is vocal and has a range of sounds from grunts to hissing along with screeching, alarms, and clicks. As its name implies, it has a bushy tail. The tail also has a naked patch on the bottom to help it cling to tree branches. They are solitary, nocturnal creatures, using scent marking to define their territories.

Did you know?

  • Diet includes leaves, shoots, bird’s nest, and fruits. (Varies upon region)
  • Breeding happens throughout the year
  • Habitats include dry forests, semiarid areas, pine forests, woodlands, and rainforests
  • Dens are made in hollow tree logs
  • It is considered endangered in the Northern Territory of Australia

Lesson Plan Idea – Compare and contrast the American Opossum to the Brushtail Possum of Australia. Do they have the same habitats? Eating habits? Discuss.

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