The Opossum

  • Jessica H. Lewis


The opossum (Didelphis marsupialis virginiana) is the only mammal of order Marsupialia found in North America. The other marsupials live in or near Australia (see Chapter 10) or South America. Opossums are cat-sized with white, pointed faces, scraggly fur, and long, scaly, prehensile tails. They are nocturnal, omnivorous animals that eat insects, grubs, small animals, fruits and berries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica H. Lewis
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  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Central Blood BankPittsburghUSA

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