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Interesting Opossum Facts and Information


Look At Those Agile Hands Opossums are the only non-primate with opposable thumbs (on the rear feet).

In North America, the most common type of opossum species is the Virginia Opossum, often misspelled possum, posum, oppossum or opposum. However, this may result from the fact that the proper spelling for similar varieties found in Australia and surrounding countries such as New Zealand, is “Possum”. Whatever the spelling, “possum” or “opossum,” they are quite a fascinating wild animal with an interesting appearance, anatomy and behavior.

Opossums are gifted with useful physical attributes. They have hand like feet and a grasping tail that enable them to climb trees and grip branches, menacing sharp teeth for eating a wider variety of foods and a handy pouch for carrying their young.

Opossum in Ned's PocketThe opossum, a mammal, is often mistaken as a variety of rodent. When in fact, they are not a rodent at all, but rather a marsupial, which puts them in the same family as the Australian kangaroo and koala. Like other marsupials, opossum young leave the womb before they are fully developed and complete their development in the mother’s external “pocket”.

Opossums are grayish to brown in color, fierce in appearance, and can range in size from as small as that of a mouse to as big as a large house cat.

Opossums, depending upon age, sex and the matters at hand, can make a variety of sounds including hissing, crackling, smacking and growling.

Opossums are omnivores with a broad diet that can include anything from earthworms to fruits to snakes. They frequently scavenge for food and often killed while attempting to eat highway road kill and garbage.

Additional interesting possum facts

The term “play possum” comes from the fact that an opossum, when confronted by danger, will often play dead, a response in which their body, like that of a dead animal, becomes still and stiff. A foul odor similar to that of a dead animal is also emitted from their anal glands to enhance the deception of the act.

Opossums are nocturnal and tend to favor dark areas and abandoned burrows previously dug by other wildlife. They also like to dig under homes and foundations and can become a nuisance to homeowners.

Problem Possum Removal Services

opossum-showing-teethIf you’re in Oklahoma and have opossums, the Skunk Whisperer can help. Trapping won’t solve your nuisance wildlife opossum problems, but we can solve your opossum issues without trapping and can humanely evict them from under your home and business attic or crawl space. We know what to do to solve your wildlife issues.

Featured In The Photo To The Left

A Opossum Shows His Teeth
To Skunk Whisperer Ned Bruha

Opossums have more teeth
than any other land mammal.

Opposum Trapped

This opossum was captured by a do-it-yourself homeowner in a “humane” live trap. It fought so hard to get out of the trap (2 hours in the trap), that it had to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for medical attention. We do not live trap except for extremely rare situations.

Pictures From A Humane Wildlife Control Mission

Photos on right, from left to right: 1. Skunk Whisperer Ned Bruha on a humane opossum removal mission 2. Close up picture of young wild opossum in question



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