Virginia opossum

“Play possum” when being attacked by remaining still, having the tongue hangs out, and do not blink, making the predator to lost interest

Cody Pope

Virginia opossum has a dull greyish-brown coat on the whole body except their face, which is white, and their legs, as well as their black ears. They also have long, hairless prehensile tails that can grab small objects and branches. Their head is triangular with large ears and a pointed nose.

Although they are slow and clumsy, they are known to show directional turns when being chased to avoid getting caught by a predator. However, they are good climbers and might build their dens on the tree. They can cool themselves down by spreading saliva to deal with extreme heat.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Belize
2015
Canada
2015
Ontario
Costa Rica
2015
El Salvador
2015
Guatemala
2015
Honduras
2015
Mexico
2015
Nicaragua
2015
United States
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No