Pest Facts: Opossum
The Opossum is a medium-sized, stout-bodied mammal with a long, scaly, file like tail. The female opossum is a unique mammal because of the abdominal pouch for carrying her young.
- Color: Mostly light gray long hair with long scaly tail
- Legs: 4 legs
- Shape: Stout-bodied, medium-sized mammal
- Size: Averages 2 to 3 feet in length, 4 to 10 pounds in weight
- Antennae: No
- Flying: No
- Region: All 50 states
The Opossum is strictly nocturnal and is seldom seen in the day except when disturbed. Opossums are omnivorous and will eat almost kind of plant or animal matter. They are very adaptable animals and are quite accustomed to living near people.
The Opossum is typically found in wooded or bushy habitats in rural areas, but they have adapted quite well to living in urban areas. They can be found living in burrows under such places as slabs, under crawl spaces, under decks, out-buildings, and occasionally attics and garages.
Skunks are the major threat as a reservoir for ticks, fleas, and mites that serve as vectors for human diseases. The odor from their dens can be very irritating.
Seal any large openings and burrows well to prevent structural entry. Remove or eliminate as many outdoor food sources as possible. Opossums are easily live-trapped but be sure to cover the trap with cloth or bag.