Gardening: The mysteries of sex in the garden, from possums to plants

Jackie French
By Jackie French
November 20 2021 - 6:30pm
Determining who's who in the animal kingdom is harder from six metres away. Picture: Shutterstock

Possum X is female. Not only is she female, but she is a nursing mum, as I discovered when she invaded the feeding bowl I'd just put out for a refuge wombat. I have been referring to Possum X as 'he' for years, from the time I accidentally evicted her from her home, the nest in the now chopped down loquat tree.


Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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