Sunday, June 27, 2010


The opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) is an animal I first saw when we moved to California. They are found along the coast and a ways inland along the Pacific coast states of California, Oregon and Washington, in small portions of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, and very extensively from the midwest to the east coast. They are about the size of a cat, but have  heavier, shorter legs, a pointed nose, paper-thin black ears, and a long rat-like tail. They are usually only active at night. The photo was taken of an opossum eating out of bowls of catfood on our back porch.
They are regularly found dead in the middle of our streets and I have seen many, many crossing the street at night in our neighborhood. Many years ago a church friend had a baby oppossum which I got to see, but I've never held one. They have a nasty set of teeth which could inflict damage if they ever decided to rip into you.

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