Virginia Opossum, sometimes called a 'possum, is a marsupial (mar-SOOP-e-al).
There are lots of marsupials in Australia, but the Virginia Opossum
is the only North American marsupial.
opossum is about the size of a house cat.
It has grizzled white and gray fur. Adult opossums weigh about 2-6
kg (4-14 lbs). They live
alone, are active at night, and they are good climbers.
can find this opossum in the eastern United States, and along the west
coast from British Columbia and to Baja California.
They like to live in forests, brushy areas, and farmland.
are omnivores (OM-ni-vorz). Their
diet includes insects, birds, small mammals, berries and other fruit.
Persimmons, apples and corn are favorite foods.
opossums are smaller than a dime. With
their barely developed front legs they crawl up through their mother's
belly fur and into her pouch. They
stay in the pouch for about 2 months.
do not hibernate, but during very cold weather they may nest in a hollow
log or abandoned burrow for several days at a time.
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