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Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
Virginia Opossum - urban life close up.
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Orphaned Virginia Opossum
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VIRGINIA OPOSSUM FACTSDescription
The Virginia Opossum has a long head and pointed snout, with long whiskers. The body is shaped like a large cat and has a long pointed tail with a scaly appearance. Females carry their young in a fur-lined pouch. The fur is pale grey with white cheeks.
Total length: 35cm - 94cm (average 74cm). Tail length: 22cm - 47cm. Males are larger than females. Weight: males 0.8kg - 6.4kg; females 0.3kg - 3.7kg
forest, rainforest. They prefer wet areas near streams and swamps
Mainly insects and carrion. Also feed on some plants, fruit, grain
A litter of 7 - 9 young is born after a gestation period of 13 days. The young weigh only 0.16 grams at birth. After about 60 days the young opossums leave the pouch, staying close to their mother, sometimes riding on her back. They are weaned after 95 - 105 days.
From Central America and Mexico in the south, through the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and along the west coast. Range extends to Ontario in Canada.