Size: 33" long, 12" tall
Common Name: Gopher
Species: Didelphis virginiana
Opossums like to eat garbage, fruit, vegetables, green plants, snails, slugs, snakes, and insects, including cockroaches, crickets, and beetles. They catch and eat rats and mice. They also eat dead animals of all types.HABITAT
Opossums move around a lot. They typically live in hollow logs, rock crevices, pipes, attics, and beneath buildings.IMPACT
Opossums are non-aggressive and non-destructive. They do not dig into the soil or destroy property. They will not harm people or pets. However, they are wild animals and should not be handled. An opossum will use its 50 pointy teeth to defend itself if necessary.PREVENTION
- Do not leave pet food out at night.
- Pick up fallen fruit.
- Clear away bushes, woodpiles and other hiding places.