Mammals - invasive

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) on May 18, 2008

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Description of specimen

The creature was slightly larger than a large cat, grey with a white rear and white highlights, short legs, a pointed snout, and a sleek tail long enough to reach the ground. Its torso appeared to be about 8 inches in diameter, and it was about 2 feet long, including the tail.

Commentary

Thank you for your report of an opossum sighting. Opossums have adapted well to the city because they are primarily nighttime feeders. They find lots of places to hide during the day, and foods they thrive on are often readily available. They will remain as long as they find conditions to their liking. Opossums may be a nuisance near homes where they may get into garbage, bird feeders, or pet food. They may also destroy poultry, game birds, and their nests.



Lisa DeBruyckere
May 19, 2008, 7:45 a.m.