• rodents
  • Although their hairless tail and pointy snout gives them a similar appearance to rats, opossums are not even in the same family as rodents. (wildlifehc.org)
  • Small mouse opossums may be confused with some rodents due to their mouse or rat-like appearance. (canopytower.com)
  • They build tight nests made of grass and reeds or utilize abandoned armadillo or viscacha burrows With a skull adapted for carnivory, Lutrine opossums are carnivorous and insectivorous feeding on small rodents and lagomorphs, birds, insects, small crustaceans. (wikipedia.org)
  • lifespan
  • Opossums has a short lifespan and only live to around two years in the wild (but not many make it to that age because of predators and hunters and hit by car) and three to four years in captivity. (change.org)
  • teeth
  • You might think opossums are vicious because when confronted with a potential threat, they put up a fierce display, baring their teeth and hissing. (wildlifehc.org)
  • Common opossums have a broad ability to adapt to environmental changes, and their teeth allow them to eat many different types of food, which is obtained mostly on the ground. (wikipedia.org)
  • terrestrial
  • The Robinson's Mouse Opossum is both terrestrial and arboreal. (canopytower.com)
  • No firm parasite transmission routes from terrestrial animals to otters have been established, but researchers think contaminated cat and opossum feces could be accumulating in backyards, parks and vacant lots throughout the year, to be ultimately flushed into coastal waters during winter storms. (sfgate.com)
  • colder
  • As the opossum is not suited to colder winters or heavy snow, its population may be significantly reduced if a colder winter with heavier snow occurs in a particular northern region. (wikipedia.org)
  • Creek
  • Historically, a railroad ran down Opossum Brook to aid companies such as T & T and the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company in transporting wood logged in the Mehoopany Creek watershed. (wikipedia.org)
  • rats
  • Althouse: "Brooklyn is now overrun with rats and opossums. (blogspot.com)
  • A few years ago, officials in Brooklyn, New York came up with a seemingly brilliant idea to deal with the rat-infestation problem in their borough: release opossums into the neighborhood to eat the rats. (blogspot.com)
  • opossum's
  • While this condition did not affect the opossum's health in any way, mainly because opossums are nocturnal, it would nonetheless have made her vulnerable to predators in the wild. (wikipedia.org)
  • mammals
  • But while opossums were plentiful, they were an isolated group, an oddity among mammals. (creation.com)
  • Opossums are one of the oldest branches of mammals. (noah.org)
  • Opossums do possess a placenta, but it is short-lived, simple in structure, and, unlike that of placental mammals, is not fully functional. (wikipedia.org)
  • The largest difference between the opossum and non-marsupial mammals is the bifurcated penis of the male and bifurcated vagina of the female (the source of the term "didelphimorph," from the Greek "didelphys," meaning double-wombed). (wikipedia.org)
  • exhibit
  • Opossum spermatozoa exhibit sperm-pairing, forming conjugate pairs in the epididymis. (wikipedia.org)
  • The zoo's new tropical wildlife exhibit opened to the public in July 2011, and Heidi was exhibited alongside two other opossums - her sister Naira and a male named Teddy. (wikipedia.org)
  • Unlike
  • Opossums will bite if provoked too far, so keep your distance, but they rarely come after a human (unlike raccoons, which will chase you). (noah.org)
  • family
  • The opossums were loved and cherished by not only the Harrison family, but America alike. (change.org)
  • With a body length of nearly a foot, and a tail that can reach almost two feet, the common opossum is one of the larger members of its family. (wikipedia.org)
  • rarely
  • Areas such as Rhode Island and Waterloo Region and Simcoe County in southern Ontario rarely had sightings of opossums in the 1960s but now have them regularly, likely due to global warming causing winters to be warmer with less snow. (wikipedia.org)
  • researchers
  • Researchers believe that the parasites are being washed into coastal waters around Morro Bay and the Monterey Peninsula in the feces of cats and opossums, two animals that thrive in suburban areas. (sfgate.com)
  • mice
  • Groundhogs, mice and skunk winter in little holes underground, and opossums and raccoons seek shelter in tree cavities. (nycgovparks.org)
  • similar
  • The common opossum is similar in size to a house cat. (wikipedia.org)
  • The fur of the opossum is actually yellow in the under-fur, but is hidden by the longer black guard-hairs that cover it, while the tail, fingers, and face are lighter "with the tail being without fur, somewhat similar to a giant rat tail. (wikipedia.org)
  • facts
  • The mission reportedly inspired the film Attack Force Z (1981), even though the plot of that movie was very different from the facts of Opossum. (wikipedia.org)
  • found
  • The Robinson's Mouse Opossum is found in western and central Panama, as well as in the Pearl Islands. (canopytower.com)
  • This opossum is found in tropical and subtropical forest, both primary and secondary, at altitudes up to 2200 m. (wikipedia.org)
  • animals
  • If Opossums are allowed as pets, it will help to change people's perspective on these sweet animals and the ones that are kept as pets will be loved and protected from predators and hunters and hit by car. (change.org)
  • From November to March, the opossums, bats, skunks, frogs, turtles and other animals host their own wildlife slumber party to survive the rough elements. (nycgovparks.org)
  • In addition to cake-eating opossums, visitors can participate in a two-hour, year-end celebration featuring exotic birds, animals to pet, live entertainment, crafts and activities. (dailypress.com)