Opossum mother full of love to her children

Opossum mother full of love to her children

 


Opossums hold the distinction of being the only marsupial that lives in the United States and Canada!

Throughout much of United States history, opossums were animals that were widely hunted and consumed by people. Although this remains true in some areas of the southern U.S., these savvy marsupials are now better known as pests due to their scavenging habits that leave garbage cans upended and messes in their wake. They continue to be popularly hunted in many parts of Central and South America; in fact, restrictions have been enacted to curb overhunting of these animals in those areas.



Interesting Opossum Facts!

Opossums are animals that originated in South America and are believed to have entered North America during the Great American Interchange, which is when the continents connected and is believed to have occurred approximately 2.7 million years ago.

Only one species of opossum, the Virginia opossum, lives in the United States and Canada. It is also known as the common opossum.

Like other marsupials, these animals have a pouch where babies are kept while they mature.

Opossums have 50 teeth, which is more than any other land-based mammal in North America.

Although they share a similar name, opossums of North, Central, and South America are not related to arboreal marsupials of the suborder Phalangeriformes, which are commonly referred to as possums but are endemic to the Eastern Hemisphere.


Opossum mother full of love to her children

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