Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America and have a
repulsive musk-like odor.
||Coat is dull grayish brown & a white face
||Long haired with scaly (prehensile) tail
||Head & Body length 15 to 20 inches, Weight - 9 to 13 pounds but can range from 4 to 30 pounds
Opossums are nocturnal, very slow moving and have a unique
characteristic when faced with danger as they will fake like they
are dead which is where we get the term "playing possum". They are
omnivorous and eat a wide range of plants, animals, pet food and
human garbage. They climb readily and use their tail to grab tree
limbs or carry small objects. They will produce on litter per year
with an average of 7 young per litter.
They will nest in hollow logs, abandoned woodchuck burrows, crawl
spaces of structures, trees and sometimes a squirrel nest.
Opossums can be a nuisance when nesting in and around structures.
Flea infestations have been associated with their nesting habits
around structures and they can damage lawns when foraging for
Opossums can be prevented from entering the structure by performing
exclusion methods. Exclusion methods entail using metal flashing,
metal mesh to cover any and all possible entry routes or in some
cases re-construction of the entry area.