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The Cuscus is a subspecies to the possum and is considered the largest of the world's possum species. It is native to the Northern forest of Australia, as well as the Tropical Island of New Guinea. When the Cuscus begins to overheat it pants in order to cool itself down, while at moderate temperatures it simply licks itself to keep cool, as well as clean[1]. The Cuscus is similar to the Sloth, especially in its fur coating.

Common spotted cuscus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Phalangeridae
in part

Cuscus (/ˈkʌskʌs/ or /ˈksks/) is the common name generally given to the species within the four genera of Australasian possum:

The name is also applied in parts of Indonesia to the Sunda slow loris, where people do not distinguish this from the "kuskus" possums. Note however, that the loris, being a primate, is unrelated to the other cuscus species, which are marsupials, even though they had some appearances, traits and attributes like those of lemurs of Madagascar which are prosimians.


  1. ^ Dawson, Terence J.; Degabriele, Robert (1973). "The cuscus (Phalanger maculatus) ? a marsupial sloth?". Journal of Comparative Physiology. 83 (1): 41–50. doi:10.1007/bf00694571. ISSN 0340-7594.