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Opossums and Possums
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Opossums and Possums

Most of these marsupial mammals live in South America and Australia. Just one species lives in North America: the Virginia opossum.

Known for “playing possum,” this nocturnal omnivore has interesting defense techniques, a robust immune system, and a huge range stretching from southern Ontario, across the United States, and into Costa Rica.

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A Fast Life and Success that Starts in the Pouch

A Fast Life and Success that Starts in the Pouch

Researchers hope to understand the history of placental mammals and why they now dominate the planet. The Virginia opossum, which looks a lot like the earliest marsupials, may hold the key. More...

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New York Times
Bushy-Tailed Opossum

Bushy-Tailed Opossum

The little-known bushy-tailed opossum looks like a dormouse. With opposable toes on its hind feet, it can grasp and climb well. Learn more about this South American opossum. More...

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Cool Critters: Opossums

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Opossums have many special traits, including a resistance to viper and rattlesnake venom. Find out what to do if you find an opossum in your back yard. More...

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Opossum

Opossum

In this video, you’ll see how the Australian possum looks a bit different from its North American cousin. This possum uses its long tail to climb trees and carry bunches of leaves. More...

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National Geographic
Opossum Gallery

Opossum Gallery

Browse this gallery of more than 100 opossum photos. You’ll find tiny babies, cute youngsters, and adults in the wild or at wildlife rehabilitation sites. More...

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Opossums

Opossums

The only opossum (and marsupial) living in North America is the Virginia opossum. Both hunters and scavengers, they eat snakes, mice, carrion, fruit, insects, and carrion. Discover where you're likely to encounter this nocturnal creature. More...

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National Geographic
Patagonian Opossum

Patagonian Opossum

The Patagonian opossum may be the least known opossum in the Americas. Find out how it has adapted to Agentina's harsh, cold climate — and why it is more carnivorous than other opossums in South America. More...

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Sugar Gliders

These nocturnal marsupials live in Australia. Sugar gliders can leap the length of a football field, thanks to their gliding membranes. More...

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Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum

Owls, dogs, raccoons, red foxes, and bobcats all hunt the Virginia opossum, which is famous for becoming motionless when threatened. More...

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