Virginia Opossum

 

The Opossum is a marsupial, which means that it has a pouch in which the babies develop. A basic animal, the Opossum has 32 sharp teeth, more than any other living mammal, grasping feet, and a prehensile tail that allows it to hang from tree limbs. When attacked, this animal can fall into a deep state of shock, sometimes called ‘playing possum’. This is a mechanism for escaping from predation.

Latin Name: Didelphis virginiana

Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Swamp

Diet: Fruits, Nuts, Bird Eggs, Insects, Carrion