Opossums

Opossums have a long snout, full jaw

Females have a pouch for carrying young

Generally nocturnal, opossums actively hunting for food at night

Eat both plants and animals diet consists of fruit, berries, insects, crayfish, small rodents, dead animal flesh, and human garbage

Breed from January to mid-summer, generally producing 2 litters a year

Litters consist of 3 to 25 babies and are born about 2 weeks after mating

At birth, the young crawl into the mother’s pouch they don’t leave her pouch until they are 70 to 80 days old

Adaptable animals they can successfully survive in residential and suburban areas

Opossums will hiss or growl and show their 50 sharp teeth when frightened

Usually gentle and placid prefer to avoid all confrontations and wish to be left alone

Can cause damage and contamination if they enter your home (usually in attic)

As a defense mechanism, opossums will play possum by appearing and smelling like that of a dying or dead animal

Most homeowners’ insurance policies will pay to have the insulation cleaned out and replaced if damage and contamination occurs from opossums