30 - 37 inches long; weight 6 -10 pounds
Eastern United States and adjacent Canada, west to central Texas and south to Central America
Prefers wooded areas but will come near houses and gardens
Wild - Insects, fruit, berries, vegetables, birds, eggs
Zoo - Fruit, vegetables, and meat
Opossums have long, dense fur that is white with black ends and is interspersed with white guard hairs giving them a grayish appearance. The face is white with black eyes and a small dark central line; the dark ears are hairless; and the nearly naked tail is prehensile. The inner toe on the hind foot is clawless and opposable. Females have an abdominal pouch for carrying the young.
- Play dead when threatened.
- Will scavenge for food when necessary.
Young are born naked and extremely immature and crawl to the hair-lined pouch to suckle and continue developing.
Not threatened; can live among humans.
The Mammals of Louisiana and its Adjacent Waters, George H. Lowery Jr.