Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1977) 24: 76- 78

Number and weight of faecal pellets produced by opossums

Research Article
Alice E. Fitzgerald  
  1. Ecology Division, DSIR, Lower Hutt

Caged opossums (Trichosurus vulpecula) were fed on leaves of one or more of their normal food plants and on a pelleted commercial food ration. The number of faecal pellets voided per day (24 hour) was proportional to the amount of food eaten. Opossums maintaining a constant body weight produced 98.3 (± s.e. 3.0) pellets per day, confirming earlier estimates from less natural diets