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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Is it a Possum or Opossum?

Good morning,

Our dogs chased this critter out of our yard and into the next.  I'm very happy they didn't catch him because I think the dogs probably would have been injured if they had.

He was telling us he wasn't happy about being chased, too.  I've seen him on our security cameras wandering around the area and I hope he'll move on and find somewhere else to live.

And, both Possum and Opossum are correct.  :)

All the best,
Lois

15 comments:

Montanagirl said...

I have never seen one of these critters except in photos. They must be aggressive if pestered? And do they bite?

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Mona,

Their famous defense is to "play possum", meaning to play dead. However, if cornered, I am sure they can be very aggressive and bite. This guy was hissing at us, even on the other side of the fence. They can carry rabies and other diseases, too.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Hugs,
Lois

TexWisGirl said...

they really do play dead so well that the dogs will leave them be. i've used a towel, picked one up by the tail to toss the carcass into the pond, and it started wiggling. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Well, I've often wondered that about the name Lois. Great photo of this opossum.

Michelle said...

We have them around our farm and I do find them a bit creepy!

Sherry said...

I've only seen them as road kill along the highway. I think I can live quite well without ever enountering a real life one!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lois, you are correct in noting that opossum and possum refer to the same animal, but unlike some other nocturnal creatures, specifically raccoons, possums are highly resistant to rabies and so are not carriers. A good friend and fellow blogger is very familiar with possums and provided this information, which I verified with an online check. Just thought you might want to know should you encounter this visitor in the future.

richies said...

Yes, we do usually call opossums, possum for short; but actually the term possum covers about 70 species of marsupials native to Australia and surrounding islands.

We have lots of "possums" in our area.
An Arkies Musings

MarkD60 said...

I think they are nasty and dumb. I almost ran over one once that was eating a dead one that was run over previously.

Lois Evensen said...

Thank you so much, everyone! I am learning so much from my blog friends. :)

All the best,
Lois

HOOTIN ANNI said...

No matter how it's spelled, they're good for the garden/and actually interior of your house...they EAT cockroaches!!! Yay!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little thing.

Pia said...

I only know them from the zoo. They are cute. And yes, this one looks a bit grumpy :-)
Hope he finds a new garden...

bailey-road.com said...

Good capture of this little critter!

eileeninmd said...

Great capture of your critter, I do hope it has moved on!