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Greater Glider population in the Seven Mile Beach National Park area - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Petauroides volans - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 16 Dec 2016
Profile last updated: 29 Oct 2018


The Greater Glider  is the largest gliding possum with a head and body length of 350-460mm and a long furry tail measuring 450-600mm. The Greater Glider has thick fur that increases its apparent size. Fur colour is white or cream below and varies from dark grey, dusky brown through to light mottled grey and cream above. It has large ears and strongly reflective eyeshine in the beam of a spotlight, making it easy to detect.


The Greater Glider occurs in Eucalypt forests along the ranges and coastal plains of eastern Australia (from Central Victoria to around Cairns, Queensland). This population of Greater Gliders on the south coast of NSW is situated between Crooked River (Gerroa) to the north and Shoalhaven Heads Road in the town of Shoalhaven Heads to the south. The eastern boundary is the Pacific Ocean; the western boundary is defined by the extent of the suitable extant native vegetation contiguous with Seven Mile Beach National Park (in an extensively cleared landscape). The population encompasses Seven Mile Beach National Park, parts of the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Course and reserved, waste transfer stations (controlled by Shoalhaven City Council and Kiama Municipal Council), and surrounding areas of suitably vegetated freehold land (excluding Coomonderry Swamp). Crooked River Road and Gerroa Road run through the population.

Habitat and ecology

  • Feeds almost exclusively on the young leaves and flower buds of select eucalypt species.
  • Shelter during the day in tree hollows and will use up to 18 hollows in their home range.
  • Occupy a relatively small home range with an average size of 1 to 3 ha.
  • Give birth to a single young in late autumn or early winter which remains in the pouch for approximately 4 months and is independent at 9 months of age.
  • Usually solitary, though mated pairs and offspring will share a den during the breeding season and until the young are independent.
  • Can glide up to a horizontal distance of 100m including changes of direction of as much as 90 degrees.
  • Very loyal to their territory.

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