You all seemed to like my old biology illustration work, so I thought I’d put up more from time to time.
This is a cuscus, which is a very bizarre little marsupial that lives in Austraila. They’re sometimes called an Australian possum. They live in trees, have primate like hands, spooky cat eyes, and a prehensile tail to help them get around in trees. There are 4 species, but many different colors. These animals have sexual dymorphism, which means the males and females exhibit different physical traits, in this case, colors. They also go through different color changes as they age from babies to adults (anywhere from black to white, to grey to orange).
For a long time, it was thought that there were many more species of cuscus than there actually are (this happened a lot with lemurs too). In this species, the females (above) are usually white or greyish, and the males are white with orange splotches. They pretty much spend their time being cute and eating fruit and insects. Like most tree dwelling marsupials, they’re also nocturnal.
This was done in February 2008 in markers.