Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Virginia Opossum


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Didelphis virginiana
PROFILE:

Opossums are the only marsupials found in North America! Marsupials are mammals characterized by a distinctive pouch where females carry their underdeveloped young through early infancy. If an opossum becomes threatened by a more powerful opponent, it will often play dead.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Marsupialia (marsupial)
NATIVE TO:
western, central and eastern USA, Mexico, central America; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Omnivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 6+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Females tend to live in groups.
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