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Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum


Other name:
 Possum; North American Opossum

Scientific name: Didelphis virginiana

Country / Place of origin: North and Central America

History: The Virginia Opossum is found throughout North and Central America, from southern Canada to Costa Rica. Its natural habitat includes deciduous forests, wooded land, marshes, swamps, and farmlands. It is also often found in urban areas scavenging for food.

Opossums are wild animals and rules governing their being kept as pets vary by location. In the United States, depending on the state: opossums can be sold as pets; are prohibited as pets; or may require a permit to keep. Expert consensus however is that wild animals like opossums are best kept only by professional wildlife rescue / rehabilitation experts. This is because opossums are an extremely high-maintenance animal, and are very challenging to keep healthy in captivity.

Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
curious creatures
Challenging:
Federal USDA requirements, razor sharp teeth, inch-long fangs, wild animal, unpleasant odor
Interesting:
snails bonus, solitary animal, defensive posture, rehab facility, short life span
Overall review
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3.5 (13)
lace1992
I have handled and cared for several opossum during m...
Review by: lace1992 (6) April 28, 2014 22:10
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Laura Mowrey
I have had several Virginia Opossums, all were non-re...
Review by: Laura Mowrey (6) updated December 13, 2013 11:04
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5.00
4 comments
3 photos
Freelancer00101
Thelma and Louise were rescues - they washed up at th...
Review by: Freelancer00101 (19) December 13, 2013 10:05
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5.00
2 photos
megbennett
My husband actually found his baby opossum on the sid...
Review by: megbennett (5) updated July 19, 2013 21:18
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4.00
1 photo
Chacota55
OK, I know what you are thinking, 'someone actually h...
Review by: Chacota55 (22) June 18, 2013 21:10
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5 photos
Funny (3 videos)
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Its NOT DEAD!!
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Virginia Opossums on Fence
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Opossum Bob eating
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Heartwarming (4 videos)
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Looking at a baby Virginia opossum, a joey
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A Possum Mother's Save…
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Baby the pet Opossum
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Learn about (3 videos)
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Baby opossum calling for mom
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Virginia Opossum - HD Mini-Documentary
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Opossums by Request!
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Caring for (4 videos)
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Feeding my possum
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Facts About Opossums : What Do Opossum...
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Me and my possum
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