Wildlife Wednesdays: The Enigmatic Opossums of North America

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Wildlife Wednesdays: The Enigmatic Opossums of North America

Exploring the Nocturnal Habits of Our Only Marsupial

In our Wildlife Wednesdays series, we spotlight various creatures that share our environment. This week, we're shining a light on the opossum, the only marsupial found in North America and a frequent nocturnal visitor in our backyards.

Understanding Opossums:

Opossums, often simply called 'possums,' are unique animals. They're most recognized for their ability to 'play dead' when threatened, a behavior known as thanatosis.

Nocturnal Lifestyle:

  • Night Activity: Opossums are primarily active at night, searching for food and exploring their territory.

  • Diet: They are omnivores, feasting on a variety of foods, from insects and small rodents to fruits and garbage.

Marsupial Characteristics:

  • Pouches for Offspring: Female opossums have a pouch where their young, called joeys, continue to develop after birth.

  • Immunity Benefits: Interestingly, opossums have a natural immunity to certain snake venoms, making them resilient survivors.

Benefits to the Ecosystem:

  • Pest Control: By consuming unwanted pests like cockroaches and rodents, they play a vital role in natural pest control.

  • Clean-up Crew: Their scavenging habits also help keep the environment clean.

Opossums and Human Interaction:

While they may rummage through trash or startle us at night, opossums are generally harmless and shy away from human interaction. They can be beneficial to have around due to their pest control habits.


Opossums are a fascinating part of our local wildlife in North America. Understanding these creatures helps us appreciate the diverse ecosystem we live in. Remember, if you encounter wildlife issues, Paragon Pest Control is here to provide humane and effective solutions.

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