Two Male Frillies

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Pictured here is a handsome male frilly who I released this afternoon. He seemed very pleased to be back out in sunlight.

Awesome night tonight. I watched a sugar glider scramble around high in the eucalypt trees for two hours before getting rained out of the forest. Such an adorable mini marsupial with a small wavy patagium. I was rewarded for my patience and it glided for me three times, the longest about 5 meters. Get ready for some cute footage coming soon! It’s always tricky filming animals while watching them with my own eyes, but I managed to get two of the three glides on video. Some researchers suggest the “Lambalk” glider in the Northern Territory (classified as a subspecies of sugar glider, Petaurus breviceps ariel) is more closely related to squirrel gliders and may warrant new species status.

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Both frillies in this post handled with appropriate permits for scientific study; photographed when released [5]

As majestic as always. This big fella is another of a handful of dominant males in my field site. He has a deep scar on the left side of his face, a cut tail, and missing teeth likely from interlocking jaws while combatting another male frilly. I took this frilly selfie shortly after he got a good chomp on my lens. Surely if he still had his fang-like pleurodont teeth the lens would have been easily shattered.


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