are quite capable of building their own nest - a collection of twigs and leaves curled
into a football-sized ball and positioned in a fork of a tree or palm. The name given to a
ringtail nest is a drey.
Unfortunately, dreys offer little protection against the large numbers of crows that
are increasingly found in cleared areas.
We have had many reports of crows demolishing
dreys, with several instances of them snatching and carting off young ringtails.
Even the adult ringtails suffer
terribly from attack once they are left in the open.
If provided with the opportunity to use a hollow, ringtails will often build their nest
inside. The presence of nest material is a sure way to identify ringtail use, since
brushtails are distinctly lazy when it comes to furnishings.
recently moved away from a single design for both
brushtails and ringtails, after finding that the larger possums exclude
ringtails from large boxes. We originally offered both a
horizontal and a vertical design, but it seems that they prefer the
latter. The dimensions illustrated are for a rear-entry box and
relatively generous for ringtails. Ringtails often have two young, and these stay with their
mother until they reach a size similar to an adult.
there are brushtails in an area, the entrance should be fitted with a
reinforcing plate to stop it being enlarged by chewing.
Nevertheless, a small brushtail can still fit into this box.