Virginia Opossums are North America's only marsupial, this means they have a pouch to carry around their offspring until they are old enough to move around on their own. They have long prehensile tails they use to grip and balance while climbing. They also have 5 toes with sharp nails on each foot to help them hold onto trees while climbing and food while eating. Unfortunately, opossums are commonly hit by cars while crossing the road. Always remember to pull over and check the pouch of a recently deceased opossum for babies. You could save up to 13 little lives! Also, keep dogs leashed while outside and all cats indoors to keep adult opossums and their babies safe.
Did you Know?
Opossums have very poor eyesight. To make up for this, they use their strong sense of smell to find food. They also help reduce the spread of Lyme Disease by controlling the tick population. A single opossum can eat up to 5,000 ticks a year!
Coexisting with Opossums
Opossums are an important part of our environment, here are a few ways to coexist with them
Seal up any entrances to basements and window wells
Keep garage and shed doors closed
Do not leave any human or animal food out overnight
Use animal-proof trash cans like these