Opossum (not Possums) live in the New England area. Opossum control and nuisance animals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine.
Opossums look like giant rats, with pointed snouts and skinny, hairless tails. They are the only marsupial animal in North America, which means they are similar to kangaroos, by raising their young in a pouch. The term possum covers about 70 species of marsupials native to Australia. Opossum covers the over 100 species of marsupials living in the Western Hemisphere. Opossums are often referred to as possums, however they are two different groups of animals. Adult opossums average just 10-14 lbs. Opossums do not have a very long lifespan. Rarely do they live more than two years. Mating during the colder months, the young then climb into the pouch and grow, then cling to the mother’s back. When old enough, the young will drop off and lead a life on their own. Opossums are nocturnal and omnivores, so they will eat just about anything. They have the most teeth of any mammal (50).
Opossums will sometimes establish a home base, especially a female with young. Often their home base is your home base. They are not very fast, and will try stand their ground when threatened. In some circumstances, they will sometimes fake a death, or “play possum”. They will fall over, tongue hanging out and act as though they dropped dead out of terror. This is all an act. Opossums can hang from their tails as well, but they very do this.
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