How to Make a Possum Box
- Use 10-12mm thick timber such as untreated pine; avoid chipboard.
- Fix timber with galvanised nails and waterproof PVA glue.
- Lid should overhang sides by 1-1.5cm and front by 10-12cm to prevent rain entering box.
- Lid can be hinged at back by rubber strip cut from inner car tube.
- The exterior of the box can be painted with UV-resistant, non-toxic paint to prolong its life and to make it less conspicuous. Use a colour that blends with the environment.
- A few 10-12mm dia. holes should be drilled in the floor prior to placing some dead leaves or coconut fibre in the box.
- Attach chicken wire mesh inside and outside the box to assist juveniles climbing in and out.
- Hang box 3-4 metres above ground using thick wire or chain firmly secured to the back of the box; use a length of garden hose to protect the tree.
- The bottom of the box should be secured to the tree using a galvanised metal strap and flat head nails.
- The box should face away from the afternoon sun and strong prevailing winds.
• Brushtail possums are very territorial. Moving a possum from its area generally condemning it to death.
• Boxes of similar design may be used for birds (parrots, lorikeets, kookaburras etc).