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Opossum Prints

Young opossum name: ljoey

Female opossum: jill

Male opossum: jack

Opossum class: Mammal

Didelphimorphia is the order of common opossums of the Western Hemisphere. They are commonly also called possums, though that term is also applied to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes. The Virginia Opossum is the original animal named opossum. The word comes from Algonquian wapathemwa. Opossums probably diverged from the basic South American marsupials in the late Cretaceous or early Paleocene. A sister group is Paucituberculata (shrew opossums).

Their unspecialized biology, flexible diet and reproductive strategy make them successful colonizers and survivors in unsettled times. Originally native to the eastern United States, the Virginia Opossum was intentionally introduced into the West during the Great Depression, probably as a source of food. Its range has been expanding steadily northwards, thanks in part to more plentiful, man-made sources of fresh water, increased shelter due to urban encroachment, and milder winters. Its range has extended into Ontario, Canada, and it has been found farther north than Toronto.

Didelphimorphs are small to medium-sized marsupials, with the largest about the size of a large house cat, and the smallest the size of a mouse. They tend to be semi-arboreal omnivores, although there are many exceptions. Most members of this taxon have long snouts, a narrow braincase, and a prominent sagittal crest. The dental formula is:

By mammal standards, this is a very full jaw. Opossums have more teeth than any other land mammal; only aquatic mammals have more. The incisors are very small, the canines large, and the molars are tricuspid.

Didelphimorphs have a plantigrade stance (feet flat on the ground) and the hind feet have an opposable digit with no claw. Like some primates, opossums have prehensile tails. The stomach is simple, with a small cecum.

Opossums have a remarkably robust immune system, and show partial or total immunity to the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other pit vipers. Opossums are about eight times less likely to carry rabies than wild dogs, and about one in eight hundred opossums are infected with this virus.

Female opossums often give birth to very large numbers of young, most of which fail to attach to a teat, although as many as up to fifteen young can attach, and therefore survive, depending on species. The young are weaned between 70 and 125 days, when they detach from the teat and leave the pouch. The opossum lifespan is unusually short for a mammal of its size, usually only two to four years. Senescence is rapid.


Opossum Trivia

What do you call a baby opossum?
Answer: A baby opossum is called a ljoey.

What do you call a female opossum?
Answer: A female opossum is called a jill.

What do you call a male opossum?
Answer: A male opossum is called a jack.

Question: What class is a opossum in?
Answer: A opossum is in the mammal class.





female possum in search of grubs
female possum in search of grubs
 
 
 
baby opossum
baby opossum
 
 
 
common opossum walking on new...
common opossum walking on new...
 
 
 
baby opossum
baby opossum
 
 
 
virginia opossum  didelphis...
virginia opossum didelphis...
 
 
 
curious young sub adult possum...
curious young sub adult possum...
 
 
 
possum at private zoo
possum at private zoo
 
 
 
baby opossum
baby opossum
 
 
 
angry young possum
angry young possum
 
 
 
sugar glider climb on the tree
sugar glider climb on the tree
 
 
 
curious female possum on branch
curious female possum on branch
 
 
 
sugar possum isolated on white...
sugar possum isolated on white...
 
 
 
profile of female possum on...
profile of female possum on...
 
 
 
sleeping opossum hangs on a...
sleeping opossum hangs on a...
 
 
 
young female possum on branch
young female possum on branch