Birthing: February-July; up to 13 babies
Eyes opened: 60 days
Weaning (beg-end): 10-12 weeks
Active: Nighttime; year-round
Diet: Carrion, insects, fruit, garden crops
Opossums are migratory rather than territorial. They carry their babies with them when they go out or move on. Only when the babies get older might a mother leave the babies behind while she searches for food. Opossums are timid and not aggressive, but if cornered or afraid they can give a painful bite. They have more teeth than any other mammal. Opossums eat ticks, grubs and other insects.
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Meet Karen Brace, a wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Awesome ‘Possumz from Fredricksburg, VA. She lives on 12 acres at the end of a gravel road where she releases many of the squirrels, bunnies, and opossums she rehabilitates.
Lou Lou is a very special girl! She came to Karen Brace, of Awesome Possumz, from another rehabilitator after she was hit by a car about eight weeks ago. Her right eye is damaged, she has very little vision in the other eye, she has a broken bottom canine tooth and......
One of nature’s most beneficial and unusual wild neighbors.