Virginia Opossums Facts
The Virginia Opossum (often incorrectly called “Possum”) is not related to rodents, though they are sometimes mistaken for great big rats. Instead, the opossum is closely related to kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, and is the only marsupial species found in the USA and Canada. Mother opossums can have around 12 tiny gummy bear-sized babies per litter, and those newborn “joeys” must crawl into her pouch for survival right after birth. Inside the pouch, the babies drink lots of milk and grow rapidly larger. When they become too big for her pouch, the babies will take a ride on her back until they can no longer fit. Usually baby opossums are completely on their own by 4 and ½ months old.
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