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Short-Tailed Opossum


Other name:
 STO; Gray Short-tailed Opossum; Brazilian Opossum; Rainforest Opossum; South American Short-tailed Opossum; House Opossum; Colicorto Gris

Scientific name: Monodelphis domestica

Country / Place of origin: South America

History: The Short-tailed Opossum is a small, nocturnal marsupial which is native to rain forests in Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay. The Short-tailed Opossum was introduced to the international pet trade in 1994 and have since become popular pets. Brazil has now prohibited their exportation, so STO's available as pets are all captive bred. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN) lists the status of the Short-Tailed Opossum in the wild as being of "Least Concern".

The Short-Tailed Opossum is widely used in laboratory research, and was the first marsupial to have its genome sequenced. Genome sequence of the STO has helped our understanding of the evolution of the mammalian immune system.

Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
charming little creatures
Challenging:
pungent odor, teeny bit nippy.STO, cages you'd need
Interesting:
live insects, great hunters, tall cage, varied diet
Overall review
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4.5 (4)
Kimberly Webb
I bought my STO from a reputable USDA breeder. He was...
Review by: Kimberly Webb (27) December 22, 2012 01:44
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5.00
1 photo
kitaluna
These little mouse opossums are very affectionate. T...
Review by: kitaluna (1) updated July 18, 2012 14:19
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
carrie1674
I am an experienced STO breeder. I have worked with t...
Review by: carrie1674 (1) October 07, 2011 08:32
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5.00
2 comments
Laura Mowrey
I took in a male and female short tailed opossum awhi...
Review by: Laura Mowrey (6) February 20, 2010 20:38
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 comment
2 photos
Learn about (1 video)
07:24
STO Babies! 6 Weeks Old!
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Caring for (3 videos)
03:03
Pet Short-Tailed Opossum Care Information
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5.0 (1)
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02:33
Brazilian short tailed opossum 'Lucy' ...
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Brazilian Short Tailed Opossum Care
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4.0 (1)
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