Virginia Opossum Photo Gallery
What does the Virginia Opossum look like?
Virginia Opossums are stout marsupials with short legs. They are roughly the same size as the common house cat. Their fur is generally gray, but can vary from reddish brown to blackish. They have long white-tipped course guard hairs. Their coloration varies with range. North populations tend to have lighter guard hairs and thicker under fur, while southern populations tend to be darker in color and have thinner guard hairs. They have long tails, which aid in climbing. Their faces are a grayish white and have large essentially hairless ears.
Virginia Opossum Habitat
Virginia Opossum Facts
Virginia Opossums are opportunistic nocturnal feeders. They will eat just about anything including garbage in urban environments. They are excellent climbers and their long strong tail serves as an extra limb when climbing. They also have sharp claws which allow them to grip trees easily. They have many predators including birds of prey such as owls. They are also common prey of foxes, coyotes and raccoons. When Opossums become threatened and scared they involuntarily feign death, IE “play possum.” When this happens the Opossum enters a coma like state and appears dead, a putrid green liquid comes out of the anus and repels predators. This does not always happen, Opossums will fight as well however.