Opossum
Photo taken 3/31/02.
Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis)
Formerly known as Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), now it's considered the same species as the one in Mexico. Color varies from lt.gray to almost black. Its nocturnal, and lives in open woods, along streams or on farmlands and finds shelter in hollow trees, in culverts, under brush-piles or under buildings. Its the only marsupial in North America.


Opossum
Photo taken 3/31/02.

Opossums are born premature (very tiny) and live in the fur-lined pouch (marsupium) on the mother's belly. As they mature and no longer have room in the marsupium, they climb out onto her back and cling to the mother's fur as she wanders around in search of food.

It seems no season would be complete without having opossums to rehabilitate.