I was hoping to trap a raccoon that’s been trying to get into the chicken coop but instead, I caught this little guy. I also made a 34 second video of his catch and release below the facts part.
I didn’t know much about these marsupial creatures so I looked up some facts about them:
- The word opossum refers to the North American species (those found in other areas are called possums)
- The Virginia opossum is only found in the United States
- Opossums are related to Kangaroos, Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, and Brazilian Short-hair Pigmy Possums
- Opossums help gardens by eating snails, slugs, insects, snakes, rats and overripe fruit.
- Opossums are highly resistant to diseases such as rabies because of its efficient immune system and lower body temperature.
- Opossums are not a public health threat.
- There is far less of a risk of infection from opossums than from house pets.
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