Mammal nesting boxes

SugarinboxThere are a range of mammal species that require hollows as part of their habitat. Some use the hollows for nesting and some use hollows for shelter. Installing a range of nesting boxes, with different dimensions and features, ensures that a variety of mammals have the appropriate 'hollow' to meet their needs.

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Nesting boxes for mammals

Microbat Nesting Box - $55.00

 This nesting box is appropriate for several species of the smaller micro-bat (not the larger and better known its larger cousin - the fruit bat). You are most likely to see these micro-bats out and about on a warm night, out hunting for insects in your local neighbourhood. They use echolocation (a type of sonar) to locate their prey. To attract micro-bats to your garden, consider planting indigenous plants that attract insects. A few plants to consider include members of Callistemon, Hakea, Eucalyptus, and Acacia.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Brushtail (Large) Possum Box - $72.00

 Brushtail Possums like living near people; our gardens give them lots of food and great places to shelter. Adult Brushtail Possums are solitary animals and do not nest in packs (except for mothers with their babies). They are dependent on tree hollows for sleeping, but will move into roofs and other holes.

To attract Brushtail Possums to your garden, consider planting a wide choice of food plants, especially indigenous (local native) species. This may have the added benefit of attracting the possums away from your favourite vegies or ornamental plants.

If possums are a problem in your garden consider locating roses and fruit trees away from large trees and fences (access points for possums). You may also wish to install a "floppy fence" to deter climbing animals. Remove access branches to stop possums from getting into your roof. To ethically remove possums contact your local council or a fee-for-service possum remover.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Ringtail Possum Box - $56.00

 Ringtail possums nest in small family groups and are very territorial. They feed on the flowers, foliage and fruit of many plants and are extremely adaptable. Unlike Brushtail Possums, Ringtails rarely enter the roofs of buildings.

To attract Ringtail Possums to your garden, consider planting a wide choice of food plants, especially indigenous (local native) species. This may have the added benefit of attracting the possums away from your favourite vegies or ornamental plants.

If possums can be a problem in your garden consider locating roses and fruit trees away from large trees and fences (access points for possums). You may also wish to install a "floppy fence" (or add one to your existing fence) to deter all climbing animals including cats and possums.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Sugar Glider Nesting Box - $62.00

 Sugar Gliders are small possums that occur in densely wooded suburbs, parks and reserves around Melbourne. They have webbing between their front and back paws that allow them to glide between trees – flights over 50m have been recorded! Sugar Gliders build gum leaf nests in natural hollows in trees. They feed on insects, nectar and tree sap. They are most active just after dusk.

To attract Sugar Gliders to your garden, consider planting members of Acacia and Eucalyptus which provide shelter and food in the form of nectar and sap. In addition, plant a range of indigenous plants that flower at different times of the year to provide them with a constant food source. During the colder months of the year when flowers and insects are scarce, gliders will resort to chewing the bark of Wattle trees and licking the sap that flows from the injury. The sap provides a good source of carbohydrates that helps see them through until flowers and insects reappear in your garden.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Feathertail Glider Box - $48.00

 Feathertail Gliders are small, gliding possums. They are not as prominent or common as the larger Brushtail or Ringtail Possums. Like Suagr Gliders they can glide between trees and over open spaces. These gliders tend to live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne where there is good tree cover and a dense understory. They eat a range of foods including insects, nectar from flowers and tree sap. Our Feathertail boxes meet the requirements of a range of small Australian arboreal mammals.

To attract Feathertail Gliders to your garden, consider planting a range of indigenous plants that flower at different times of the year. The flowers will provide nectar and attract insects for the gliders to eat. Wattle trees provide a good source of food during the winter months. When flowers and insects are scarce, gliders will resort to chewing the bark of Wattle trees and licking the sap that flows from the injury. The sap provides a good source of carbohydrates that helps see them through until flowers and insects reappear in your garden.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Phascogale Nesting Box - $59.00

 Phascogales are a little-known native marsupials. They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat destruction (including loss of hollows) and predation by foxes and cats. They feed on insects, frogs, spiders and centipedes and the nectar of box and ironbark eucalypts. In Melbourne, Phascogales occur in the outer suburbs where there are plenty of native trees and suitable habitat. They breed and shelter in natural hollows in trees. You can help these vulnerable animals by providing them with an alternative breeding and shelter site. The LTWS Phascogale box is suitable for use by both Brush-tailed Phascogales (found in all states except Tasmania) and Red-tailed Phascogales, which are only found in Western Australia.

To attract Phascogales to your garden, consider planting their favourite nesting trees: box, ironbark and/or stringybark eucalypts. They require a dense litter layer of fallen logs, bark and leaves in order to hunt their prey. Also consider planting indigenous plants to attract insects and small birds.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Antechinus Box - $59.00

 Antechinus are little-known native marsupials. They are shrew-like, carnivorous animals that live in trees and feed on invertebrates including spiders, beetles, worms and grubs. In Melbourne, Antechinus occur in the outer suburbs where there are plenty of native trees and suitable habitat. They breed and shelter in natural hollows in trees. The LTWS Antechinus box is suitable for use by several species of Antechinus.
To attract antechinus to your garden, consider planting indigenous plants that attract insects. A few plants to consider include members of Callistemon, Hakea, Eucalyptus, and Acacia. They forage in rotting wood and leaf litter, so allow fallen branches, logs, bark and leaves to remain under the trees.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Squirrel Glider Box - $59.00

Antechinus-BoxSquirrel Gliders are little known and rarely seen possums. Like sugar and feather gliders, they have webbing between their front and back paws that allow them to glide between trees. They rarely occur in the suburbs, living in wooded areas in northern and north-western Melbourne. They feed mainly on insects, nectar and tree sap.

To attract Squirrel Gliders to your garden, consider planting a range of indigenous plants that flower at different times of the year. The flowers will provide nectar and attract insects for the gliders to eat. Wattle trees provide a good source of food during the winter months. When flowers and insects are scarce, gliders will resort to chewing the bark of Wattle trees and licking the sap that flows from the injury. The sap provides a good source of carbohydrates that helps see them through until flowers and insects reappear in your garden.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au

Flat Pack / Kit form boxes are available at a discounted rate. Flat Pack Prices are listed on our price summary page.

If you require any further information, please email us at nestboxes@latrobe.edu.au