||White or grayish
||Long and pointed face with round, hairless ears and rat-like tail
||Up to 40 inches in length, generally about the size of a house cat
||Found in eastern, central and west coast regions of the U.S.
Opossums are the only marsupial found in North America.
They live in many parts of the U.S., with the exception of
the Rockies, western plains and parts of the northern U.S. Opossums
usually live alone and are only active at night.
Opossums usually have two to three litters per year, with an
average of seven young in each litter. Like other marsupials, the
young spend their first several weeks of life in their mother's
pouch. Opossums generally eat fruit, grains and insects, but will
also eat out of compost piles, garbage cans and pet food dishes if
they can get access.
Opossums prefer environments near streams or swamps, but can
live in diverse areas, ranging from arid to moist, wooded to open
fields. They take shelter in burrows of other animals, tree
cavities and brush piles.
Opossums sometimes den in attics and garages where they may make
a messy nest. They can also destroy poultry, game birds and their
nests. When startled, opossums can bare their sharp teeth and hiss,
and in rare cases may bite if they feel threatened.