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I’m not sure the possum will thank them. Images of Canberra

By johnboy - 21 January 2014 15

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Neil has alerted us to the latest victim of belt-tightening in Canberra:

Tight-arse Tuesday possum/nesting box, Braddon

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I’m not sure the possum will thank them. Images of Canberra
poetix 8:28 pm 22 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

poetix said :

p1 said :

I made and put up a possum box the other day. I would like to think I put in slightly more effort.

The possum of interest lives in my neighbours rollerdoor. Anyone got suggestions for how to make such a possum leave his roller door for the comfort of a box?

Fruit. Put fruit near the box.

Fruit is to possums what bacon is to fat people. anyone who eats meat

Fixed that for you.

Some meat eaters don’t eat bacon for religious reasons.

I have even known people who don’t eat it for health reasons.

thatsnotme 6:02 pm 22 Jan 14

poetix said :

p1 said :

I made and put up a possum box the other day. I would like to think I put in slightly more effort.

The possum of interest lives in my neighbours rollerdoor. Anyone got suggestions for how to make such a possum leave his roller door for the comfort of a box?

Fruit. Put fruit near the box.

Fruit is to possums what bacon is to fat people. anyone who eats meat

Fixed that for you.

thatsnotme 5:59 pm 22 Jan 14

p1 said :

I left a trail of fruit from the roller door to the box (the lid is hinged) and the possum filled the trail and ate it before returning to his very hot door. So I guess next step is trying to block up the roller door (which my neighbour tried once, but the possum bested him).

Thanks guys.

Yeah, I don’t envy them having to block off something like that! All I can suggest is that if they can leave the roller door up or down for a few days, then it’ll make it much easier to put a decent barrier in place. Having to fashion something that blocks off the hole, while also allowing the door to roll, is going to be really hard. If they can make something that blocks it enough that possum needs to find somewhere else to spend the day for a couple of days, hopefully that’ll be enough that it permanently moves – especially if it then finds its new place isn’t a metal sauna!

poetix 5:47 pm 22 Jan 14

As to the headline, perhaps it’s a rare Yorkshire possum, that used to dream of a cardboard box propped on a branch?

Branch? All we had were twig.

Zan 5:16 pm 22 Jan 14

This info is from the SA Government dept of Environment, but the info applies to all possums.
http://www.backyards4wildlife.com.au/uploads/BFW%20FS%20-%20Sharing%20With%20Possums.pdf

m00nee 1:16 pm 22 Jan 14

JessP said :

Affordable housing, circa 2014

Shhh. Village Building Company will see this, “grease a few wheels” and aquire the land then install 70+ boxes per tree so they can sell them as Affordable Housing.

I’m sure they will be affordable though, maybe $399,999 per box.

NoAddedMSG 11:53 am 22 Jan 14

ms_j said :

So, where is this above pictured box in tree? I would very much like to re-locate the noisy bugger that resides in the tree outside my bedroom window. Honestly, you would think with all the cats in my neighbourhood, said noisy possum would employ “stealth-mode” whilst climbing up and down the tree.

We also have a possum which has recently moved in, and nicely decimated all my seedlings I’d been carefully raising the last 6 months. Because I’m from NZ I’ve been raised to loathe them with a passion normally reserved for mass murderers, so native or not, I’ve been going with the “go out and periodically poke it with a long stick in the hope it will get annoyed and go away” approach.

Zan 11:29 am 22 Jan 14

It is most probably too weak to hold a possum, so I am not surprised possum hasn’t used it. Get a substantial one from the RSPCA.

p1 10:25 am 22 Jan 14

I left a trail of fruit from the roller door to the box (the lid is hinged) and the possum filled the trail and ate it before returning to his very hot door. So I guess next step is trying to block up the roller door (which my neighbour tried once, but the possum bested him).

Thanks guys.

ms_j 8:47 am 22 Jan 14

So, where is this above pictured box in tree? I would very much like to re-locate the noisy bugger that resides in the tree outside my bedroom window. Honestly, you would think with all the cats in my neighbourhood, said noisy possum would employ “stealth-mode” whilst climbing up and down the tree.

thatsnotme 10:24 pm 21 Jan 14

p1 said :

I made and put up a possum box the other day. I would like to think I put in slightly more effort.

The possum of interest lives in my neighbours rollerdoor. Anyone got suggestions for how to make such a possum leave his roller door for the comfort of a box?

The first issue you have is helping the possum find the box. Is the lid hinged? If so, open it up, and put some chopped up fruit inside (they love fruit). If not, put some on top of the box, then more inside. Hopefully it’ll find the way in after eating the stuff outside.

The second issue is stopping it from just returning to its normal home after having a feast. Without knowing how the roller door is configured, where the possum is getting in etc, you need to stop it getting back in once it’s left for the evening. Basically, your aim is to show it a nice, safe new home, and to deny it access to its old home. Hopefully, denied access to the roller door, it’ll move on to the box you’ve put up. Preferably before another neighbourhood possum decides that these look like pretty good digs, and moves in uninvited!

poetix 10:22 pm 21 Jan 14

p1 said :

I made and put up a possum box the other day. I would like to think I put in slightly more effort.

The possum of interest lives in my neighbours rollerdoor. Anyone got suggestions for how to make such a possum leave his roller door for the comfort of a box?

Fruit. Put fruit near the box.

Fruit is to possums what bacon is to fat people.

p1 9:37 pm 21 Jan 14

I made and put up a possum box the other day. I would like to think I put in slightly more effort.

The possum of interest lives in my neighbours rollerdoor. Anyone got suggestions for how to make such a possum leave his roller door for the comfort of a box?

JessP 1:35 pm 21 Jan 14

Affordable housing, circa 2014

maxblues 12:31 pm 21 Jan 14

So that’s where paper comes from.

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