Biting possums

Opossum: The opossum in the animal lexicon

Stress? Don't seem to know about possums. The opossums are truly relaxed contemporaries - with unusual abilities

Well, at first glance, the opossum could be quite a bore. And to be honest, on the second too. The cat-sized opossum simply overslept for 18 hours a day. The opossum withdraws into a crevice or a tree hollow, perhaps also into a self-dug burrow and döööööööst, long and extensive.

In fact, the northern opossum is one of the most sleepy animals on our planet! Only at dusk does it open its black button eyes, stand on its paws and get ready to catch its prey. In peace, of course. Please don't stress!

General information about the possum

The northern opossum, scientifically Didelphis virginianaYou see on these pages is one of six species of possums and belongs to the opossum family. It lives in Central and North America and in southern Canada - where there are bushes and trees.

Size and weight of an opossum

The largest specimens measure up to 55 centimeters and are therefore about the size of a house cat. The animals then often weigh more than five kilograms.

Food: what does an opossum eat?

The omnivores chew on all sorts of things with their 50 teeth: on insects, small vertebrates, carrion, fruits, grains.

Distribution: where do possums live?

Opossums live in wooded areas in North and South America. The northern opossums, on the other hand, can only be found in North America.

Offspring: Babies with the possums

After a maximum of two weeks of gestation, the opossum female gives birth to up to 25 young. The tiny babies weigh just 0.1 grams at birth, but the mother's bag only has space for 13 minis, the rest die. The young grow up in the bag. After four months at the latest, the little possums are independent and go their own way.

Profile: Opossum

  • Surname: Opossum
  • Scientific name: Didelphis
  • class: Mammals
  • size: 40 - 50 centimeters
  • Weight: up to 5 kilograms
  • Age: up to 3 years
  • food: Mammals, amphibians, reptiles
  • Distribution area: North and South America
  • habitat: preferably forests
  • Enemies: Fox and owl
  • Gestation time: 11-14 days
  • Litter size: up to 25 young animals