Number and weight of faecal pellets produced by opossums

Caged opossums (Trichosurus vulpecula) were fed on leaves of one or more of their normal food plants and on a pelleted commercial food ration. The number of faecal pellets voided per day (24 hours) was proportional to the amount of food eaten. Opossums maintaining a constant body weight produced 98.3 (plus or minus standard error 3.0) pellets per day, confirming earlier estimates from less natural diets.

Author A. E. Fitzgerald
Year 1977
Secondary title Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society
Volume 24
Pages 76-78