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Virginia opossum
(Didelphis virginiana)
walrus
Description
It is North America's only marsupial (an animal with a pouch, like a kangaroo). They have thick bodies with short legs, a triangular head with a long pointed nose and a long, hairless, prehensile tails, which can be used to grab branches and carry small objects. They have grayish fur everywhere but on the ears and feet. Opossums have 50 teeth, the most of any North American mammal, and opposable, clawless thumbs on their rear limbs.
Dimensions
Males often weigh between 4 to 6 lb, whereas females generally range between 3.5 to 4 lb. Their tail length may range from 33 to 55 cm, with a tail length of 25 to 54 cm.
Diet
They are omnivorous and eat fruits, insects, and other small animals. Sometimes they eat garbage and carrion (dead animals).
Habitat & Range
They inhabit a wide-variety of habitats including deciduous forests, open woods and farmland. They tend to prefer wet areas like marshes, swamps and streams. Opossums can be found in most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and on the West Coast.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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