Moving Out to Accommodate Her Pets
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: bc, canada
They really are really a sweet animals.
- They are north america's only marsupial
-they have the most teeth of any north american land mammal at 50!!
-and they have four opposable thumbs,the only animal other then man and primates to have opposable thumbs
-the tail is scaley and prehensile, they use it to grab branches and is referred to as a fifth limb
-opossums can't hang by their tail as they are too heavy(although I have seen the babies hang by theirs)
-when making nests for the babies they will grab a branch with the front feet then pass it to the back feet finally passing the branch to the tail that will grab the branch to bring it back to the nest
-after mating the opossum is only pregnant for 11 to 13 days (don't we wish lol)
-at birth joeys are smaller then honey bees. you could fit 20 babies in a teaspoon. approx..13g !!
-at birth the only developed area on the babies is the front legs they use this to crawl up to the pouch where there is 13 nipples , so any extra babies parish at this point. They stay in the pouch for about two monthes.
It is at this point that the mother starts needing more to eat and starts ambling further and further for food and they may even venture out during early daylight hours and before dark. So many mothers get killed by predators and cars. The sad fact is that often the babies survive the initial trauma to the mother. This is why as morbid as it may sound if you see a dead opossum on the road you should check for babies as usually it is during baby season that there is a increase in opposum mortalities. If it is quiet and the babies were thrown clear you will hear a sneezing sound from the nearby bushes.(if they were out of the pouch and riding on moms back that is) If the babies are in the pouch then call a wildlife rescue to pick up the babes.
I actually started this just to jot down some of their oddities and there i go on a mission lmbo to save them. Any way just some opposum facts for you lol.
Pets are for life
Not just for xmas