Yellow-bellied Glider (species: Petaurus australis) in Mebbin NP (Gaia Guide)
Petaurus australis
Yellow-bellied Glider

©David Cook: Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Diprotodontia
Family Petauridae
Genus Petaurus
Species Petaurus australis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It typically has grey-brown fur on its back and has an off-white to orange or yellow belly. It has large pointed ears and a long tail.

The males are usually bigger than the females. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Body Length)
  • Up to 48 cm (Tail Length)


  • Up to 0.7 kg



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


It is the largest species of Petaurus, the wrist-winged gliders, a group of arboreal marsupials, and can glide more than 150 m.

It is gregarious and spends the day in a leaf-lined tree hole, which is usually shared with other members of the same species. It is also one of the most vocal possum gliders. It has a distinctive growling call that it uses as means of communication. (Wikipedia)


Its diet consists of nectar, honeydew, insects, pollen and a wide spread of tree sap including different Eucalyptus sap, Corymbia sap, some Angophora sap, and Lophostemon sap. It obtains the tree sap by biting a 'V' shape wedge/notch into the bark to promote the flow of gum and sap. It usually incises the bark on the trunks or upper branches of the trees.

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