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Although many people think opossums are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, there are several areas of intelligence in which they soar. For one, they have a remarkable ability to find food and to remember where it is. When tested for the ability to remember where food is, opossums scored better than rats, rabbits, cats, dogs-- but not as well as humans. They can also find their way through a maze more quickly than rats and cats.
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Opossums will give birth to between 6-25 young, one to three times a year. Usually between January and July. Most litters consist of 6 to 9 young. Of these, no more than13 will survive because the mother only has 13 teats with which to feed them.
If you find an orphan who has fallen off it's mammas back, call a dedicated opossum society rescue worker. There is a huge network of Opossum Society Rescuers worldwide. These amazing creatures will not bite you. If they grip your finger with their teeth, it is because that is how they hold on to their mom's back, or it is because they think your finger is a teet. It is a gently grip, that's all. They need URGENT and immediate special care if you find one, and have a very complicated diet. They can go into paralysis within 3 days if not fed correctly. And they don't eat solids until they are a couple months old. Call the "Opossum Society." NOT THE POUND OR THE PEST CONTROL. These creatures are in the same family as the Koala bear, the Kangaroo and other rare marsupials and are very special.
-They look a little funny, but this is not a mouse, or a rat.
It is a fantastic friend you have found. If he hisses at you, this is how the Opossum calls for it's mom to come back. Don't believe people who tell you he is going to bite you when he is hissing, this is how it calls for it's mother. A Possum will play dead long before it will ever bite you, they are very bashful.
If you see a mother dead in the road, try to "Safely move it to the side of the road" and check it's pouch for tiny babies inside. They can be stuck in there and waiting for rescue. Call an "Opossum Society" member today to help you.
Give a “dead” opossum the benefit of the doubt before disposing of the body. It may be “playing possum” as an involuntary response to a threat, in which the opossum becomes comatose in the face of danger and appears dead. This may last from 40 mins to 4 hours. During this time, the opossum lies on its side, becomes stiff, the eyes glaze over, drooling is seen. This fascinating defense mechanism helps the opossum survive an attack from a predator, man or beast.