Where Do Possums Sleep During the Day?

Possums are strictly nocturnal animals so they sleep during the daylight hours. Like many other small mammals, possums will find shelter, log, or a nest to enjoy sound sleep. While most possums are arboreal they do not really sleep into the trees. They climb into the trees to eat fruits or shrubs and then get back to the ground to sleep. Let’s see where different types of possums sleep during the day.

Where Do Possums Sleep During the Day?

Ringtail possums which are mainly found in the southern Australia do not sleep in nests. They are thought to sleep in tree hollow. Tree hollow is often, but not always, lined with dry leaves.

Rock ringtail possum is an entirely nocturnal species. It climbs into the trees to find some food at night. Like other ringtails, the rock ringtail possum will sleep in rock ledges during the day. They will not build nests.

Similarly, the western pygmy-possum likely spends its daytime in a leaf-lined nest or a tree hollow. It can also sleep on the leaves of the grass-tree (Xanthorrhoea). At times, they do sleep in babbler’s nest one that is built on the ground.

Little pygmy possums are pretty small in size. They often seek shelter underneath the overturned turf as well as in wall cavities. Pygmy possums may also use small birds’ nests to sleep.

Where Do Possums Sleep During the Day? – video

I'm excited to share my passion for possums with you. As an avid writer and naturalist, I've learned the significant role possums play in an ecosystem. The relation between Australian possums and North American opossums fascinates me. Through this blog, my goal is to provide information about how these species fit into the web of life.


  1. I live in Western Australia
    Near a river not to much water in Summer
    Trees sourounding my house at night the possums sit on the tree branches just watching me I can see the eyes glowing and the evidence on the branches being stripped
    They often turn my security light on it’s fascinating.


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