Burramyidae – Pygmy possums

Some of the smallest marsupials with pretty faces that could even melt the stiffest of hearts

These tree-dwelling marsupials can be as small as 5cm (2 in) and weigh less than 10g (0.35 oz). They are characterized by large eyes, long whiskers, and a long tail that can swell with extra fat in times of plenty. It’s tough to estimate this family’s exact range and distribution as these animals are notoriously difficult to find. Still, most species are thought to be endemic to only Australia.

Largely nocturnal, they spend most of the day hiding in hollow tree trunks and come out at night to feed on pollen and nectar. They play a vital role in ecosystem maintenance by pollinating several plants during the foraging process.