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New Redheaded Opossum Named After Magical Gnome
The rat-size marsupial prowls the tropical rain forests of northern Brazil at night.
About Opossum

There are several dozen different species of opossum, which are often called possums in North America. The most notable is the Virginia opossum or common opossum—the only marsupial (pouched mammal) found in the United States and Canada.

These animals are most famous for “playing possum.” When threatened by dogs, foxes, or bobcats, opossums sometimes flop onto their sides and lie on the ground with their eyes closed or staring fixedly into space. They extend their tongues and generally appear to be dead. This ploy may put a predator off its guard and allow the opossum an opportunity to make its escape.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Opossums

Scientific Name: Didelphidae

Type: Mammals

Diet: Omnivores

Group Name: Passel

Size: Length from nose to tail, 2.5 ft

Weight: 8.8 to 13.2 lbs

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