Opossum have short legs with the hind limbs being slightly
longer. Each foot has five separate digits with opposable,
clawless hallux. This gray to brown marsupial has a long
pointed, flattened muzzle, small, thin hairless ears, and
a nearly naked scaly prehensile tail. Total length varies
between 350 and 940 mm, tail length varies between 216 and
470mm. Males are larger than females with male weight ranging
from 0.8 to 6.4 kg and female weight ranging from 0.3 to
marsupial is primarily solitary and nocturnal. Opossums
nest in tree hollows lined with leaves and is both arboreal
have a well-developed pouch and produce an average of 7
young per litter. Gestation is 12-13 day, with the young
weaned at 100-101 days of age. After leaving the pouch,
the young ride on the mother's back by clinging to her fur.
teeth are rooted and sharp with large canines. Virginia
Opossum are omnivorous, with a diet including plants, fruit,
insects, eggs, grains, carrion, and small vertebrates.
Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial found in the United
States. Virginia Opossums are found in S Canada; E and C
United States (introduced populations in Pacific states);
Mexico and in Central America south into N Costa Rica.