Virginia Opossum

The Virginia opossum is confused often as a large rat due to its hairless sears and tail. Virginia opossums are not related to rats and other rodents. They are actually marsupials. Marsupials are animals that have a pouch that they use to carry their young. The Virginia opossum is North America's only native marsupial. 

Fast Facts

  • Virginia opossum has the most number of teeth (50) of all North America's land mammals.
  • Neonate, baby, Virginia opossums are the size of a jelly bean when they are born.
  • Virginia opossums help control tick populations and help clean up carrion, dead animals.   

Scientific name

Didelphis virginiana
Range  North America 
Conservation status Least Concerned
Diet Omnivore
Zoo name(s) Gumbo
Zoo location Off Exhibit

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