Small, furry opossums
Imagine you’re walking in the woods at night and you spot a small, furry critter with a long snout and a rat-like tail. Don’t be alarmed – it’s just an opossum!
Opossums, also known as possums, are native to the Americas and can be found in North and South America. They are the only marsupials found in the US, meaning they have a pouch to carry their young. They are also the only marsupial native to the US, and they’re found in all 48 contiguous states.
Opossums are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They mainly eat insects, small animals, snakes, fruits, and vegetables. They also help keep the environment clean by eating dead animals and carrion.
Opossums are relatively small animals, usually weighing between two and fourteen pounds. They have a long snout and a rat-like tail. They also have sharp claws which help them climb trees and forage for food.
Opossums are known for their unique defense mechanism – playing dead! When scared or threatened, they will “play possum”, meaning they will lay on their side and become completely still. This is an evolutionary strategy to fool predators into thinking they’re already dead.
Opossums are generally harmless and beneficial animals. They help keep insect populations down and can even help control tick populations. They are also relatively quiet animals, so they won’t be a nuisance to your neighbors.
So next time you spot an opossum in the woods, don’t be scared! They’re harmless and even helpful animals that can help keep the environment healthy.
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