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The Possum

Possums, also known as opossums, are medium-sized marsupials with triangular faces, round dark eyes, and fur that can range from grey to black to white. They have prehensile tails that’s a tail capable of grasping!, which they can use to hang from trees – cue the classic "possum hanging from a tree" image. They are primarily nocturnal creatures, meaning they are most active at night. They're also North America's only marsupial, meaning they carry their babies in a pouch, just like kangaroos do!

Possum - Animal Matchup
Possum
Size15-20 inches (38-51 cm) not including tail
Weight1.5-14 lbs (0.68-6.35 kg)
Speed4.4mph (7km/h)
Key StrengthAbility to feign death as a defense mechanism
Biggest WeaknessLack of aggressive behavior
Scientific NameDidelphis virginiana
FamilyDidelphidae
HabitatForests, farmlands, and suburban or urban areas
GeographyNorth America
DietOmnivorous, eating insects, small animals, and various plants, including fruits and vegetables
Lifespan2 years - 4 years
Possum - Animal Matchup

The Possum

Possums, also known as opossums, are medium-sized marsupials with triangular faces, round dark eyes, and fur that can range from grey to black to white. They have prehensile tails that’s a tail capable of grasping!, which they can use to hang from trees – cue the classic "possum hanging from a tree" image. They are primarily nocturnal creatures, meaning they are most active at night. They're also North America's only marsupial, meaning they carry their babies in a pouch, just like kangaroos do!

Fun Fact: Possums have more teeth than any other North American mammal - 50, to be exact!

Possum
Size15-20 inches (38-51 cm) not including tail
Weight1.5-14 lbs (0.68-6.35 kg)
Speed4.4mph (7km/h)
Key StrengthAbility to feign death as a defense mechanism
Biggest WeaknessLack of aggressive behavior
Scientific NameDidelphis virginiana
FamilyDidelphidae
HabitatForests, farmlands, and suburban or urban areas
GeographyNorth America
DietOmnivorous, eating insects, small animals, and various plants, including fruits and vegetables
Lifespan2 years - 4 years

Fun Fact: When possums are scared or threatened, they do a behavior known as "playing possum" where they pretend to be dead as a tactic to avoid predators.

Fun Fact: Possums are immunity powerhouses; they have a natural resistance to rabies and can even eat toxic substances without getting sick.