How to Draw a Spotted Cuscus

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Spotted Cuscus 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 Spotted Cuscus.

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How to Draw a Spotted Cuscus - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a circular head with a small line extending from it that resembles the number nine.

Step 2: Now add the eyes, nose and mouth.

Step 3: Draw a fairly thick front leg with a small paw.

Step 4: Now it's time to draw a long, wide curve for the back, and add another sweeping curve for the tail.

Step 6: Draw a long branch for the cuscus to cling onto.

Step 7: Now it's time to add the finishing details. Complete your drawing by drawing spots on its back.

Interesting Facts about the Spotted Cuscus

The Spotted Cuscus is a marsupial that lives in New Guinea and Australia. They prefer to stay in tropical rainforests, dense forests, and mangroves at high altitudes. There has been severe habitat loss though and while the population is still large it is declining. The Spotted Cuscus has not been put on the endangered species list yet. Their fur is thick and wooly – being white, tan, grey, or black in color with spots. The color of the fur changes with age.

Did you know?

  • There are twenty-three different varieties of Cuscus
  • They are Arboreal creatures – which means they live in tree tops
  • It was believed to be related to a monkey – but is not – the closest relative is an opossum
  • Predators include Birds of Prey and Pythons
  • They are territorial and will attack anyone that comes into their space

Lesson Plan Idea – Why was is believed that the monkey was a close relative to the Spotted Cuscus? Have your class research this conclusion and have them prepare to tell the class exactly what led to the conclusion and what then led them away from it.