Yellow-bellied gliders are marsupials found only in eastern Australia. They are able to glide from tree to tree over distances of more than 100 metres at a time. Yellow-bellied gliders depend on eucalyptus trees for food and bite into the trunks to extract the sap. Being nocturnal, they sleep in leaf-lined dens in hollow trees during the day.
Scientific name: Petaurus australis
Gliding is a low-energy way to travel when you have a meagre diet.
A yellow-bellied glider can sail as far as 120m from tree to tree. It spends its days inside hollow trees, only emerging after dark. A cape of skin stretches from wrist to ankle and this is what gives the gliders lift. They eat insects, eucalypt nectar and sap from trees.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Yellow-bellied glider can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Yellow-bellied glider distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is an arboreal and nocturnalgliding possum that lives in a narrow range of native eucalypt forests down eastern Australia, reaching from northern Queensland to Victoria.
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