Bite marks

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A possum skull showing arrangement of teeth.

Possums have six incisor teeth at the front of the jaw (four up and two down) designed for cutting plant matter; a relatively small canine part way back; and premolars/molars at the back for crushing and grinding plant matter. Bite mark sign includes extensive crushing as well as pairs of incisor teeth marks, the latter with a distinctive 'notch' made by the gap between the paired teeth.

Image: courtesy Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research