Wild Florida Photo - Didelphis virginiana

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Didelphis virginiana

OPOSSUM

VIRGINIA OPOSSUM

Florida native

 

Opossums are nocturnal and can be found throughout Florida, most of the United States plus Ontario and Quebec. They are exotic in the Pacific states, Idaho and British Columbia.
These house cat sized animals are overall mostly grey, 2-6 kg (4-13 lbs.), with a body 37-50 cm (15-20 in.) long and a rat-like, naked tail 24-50 cm (9-20 in.) long. The prehensile tail and opposable thumbs allow them to climb and grasp small branches and other objects. The head is pointed with a long nose, white face, long whiskers, and small round black ears with white tips.
The only North American marsupial, opossums give birth to tiny, relatively undeveloped young which then climb into the mother's pouch, where they attach to a nipple and remain for about 60 days. Once they emerge from the pouch, they often ride on the mother opossum's back while she is outside the den.

 
Didelphis virginiana is a member of the Didelphidae - American opossums family.
 

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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
University of Florida, IFAS page for this species

Date record last modified:
Feb 28, 2014









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