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The Opossum is the only marsupial (pouched animal) native to the United States. It has a white face with 50 pointy teeth, grayish-white loose fur and a scaly long tail (used as a fifth limb). Adults measure about 2.5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. They look like big Rats, but are not related to them in any way, but are closely related to the Kangaroo & Koala. Females can give birth up to twice a year (typically 5-8 in a litter). These babies are very tiny, about the size of honeybees. They will immediately crawl into the mother's pouch after birth, where they continue to develop (usually about 4 months of age when they are ready to leave the pouch). Opossums are scavengers and eat almost anything, including fruits & vegetables, snails/slugs, snakes, a wide variety of insects, garbage and dead animals of all types. They also catch and eat rats & mice, in some way they help maintain a clean & healthy environment and have a naturally high level of immunity to most diseases,

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  • Leida R
    Leida R Tampa, FL

    All very interesting. THANKS FOR SHARING.

  • New Era Pest Control

    You know these look very frightening but I have never had one attack me in my many years. They try to look mean with their teeth but there real babies. They have a tendency to chew through air conditioning duct work but wouldn't hurt you in the

  • New Era Pest Control

    Funny Story, I get a call in the middle of the night and a woman says that they had a rat climbing up and down the stairs and they have it trapped in the toilet. I get to the house and I must admit, I was a little scared of a rat running around

  • Grady
    Grady Evergreen, CO

    I did know this stuff already, but still very interesting.

  • Treasuredchaos.com
    Treasuredchaos.com Dupont, IN

    apparently a mama got under my house once...I saw her run between the house and the chicken coop (after about a week of missing eggs) and I tried to handle it. Of course I failed, she effectively played possum and was gone the next time I looked. I

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