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Didelphis virginiana

  • Habitat: Woodlands and thickets but they are very often found within human altered areas
  • Status: Least Concern
  • Population Trend: Increasing
  • Diet: Birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, carrion, insects, terrestrial worms, leaves, seeds, grains, fruit, and nuts
  • Weight: 5 - 13 lbs.
  • Size: 13" - 22" long; 8" - 11" tall
  • Lifespan: 1 - 2 years in the wild; up to 10 years in human care
  • Wild population in Arizona: Unspecified
  • Interesting Facts:
    • The young of an opossum are about the size of a bee when they are born. Females have a fur lined pouch on their abdomen into which these tiny, under-developed young crawl.
    • Opossums do not hibernate, but during very cold weather they may nest in a hollow log or abandoned burrow for several days at a time.
    • The Virginia opossum is the only living marsupial from North America. It is common in the eastern USA and has spread north and west.