Opossums


The opossum is the only Marsupial we have in North America. Like the Koala and the Kangaroo, opossums carry their babies in a pouch.

The opossum is usually gray and white and about the size of an adult house cat. They have a long muzzle, black paper thin ears, pink nose and fingers, and a bare prehensile tail.

Because they carry their babies in their pouch, they do not need a nest. They are solitary creatures that live a transient life.

Their diet consists of:

Rats Mice Snails
Rattlesnakes Fruits Vegetables

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Photo by Sharon O'Rielly

Opossums are one of our oldest living mammals and have changed very little since the age of the dinosaurs.

Opossums move rather slowly. They also have poor eyesight, relying heavily on their sense of smell. When startled, they will freeze, show their impressive display of 50 teeth, and drool.

If they perceive a life-threatening situation, they pretend death (playing possum). Once left alone they will revive and go about their business.

OPOSSUMS are one of our most interesting animals yet they are one of the most misunderstood.

If you have a chance to observe one in your yard, take a few moments to appreciate it and educate yourself about it. Both you and the animal will benefit from the experience!