length of opossums ranges between 15 to 20 inches.
Their tails can add 20 more inches. They use their
hairless tails to hang from tree branches. They have
long, pointed noses. Their fur is a grey color, but
their face is white. They have thin, furless ears
and hear very well.
have 50 teeth. Opossums have more teeth than any
other land mammal in North American. Their four paws
look somewhat like our hands. They have “fingers” with
claws that are well suited for moving about trees.
Fully grown opossums weigh between 9 to 13 pounds.
is the only marsupial in North America. Marsupial
means that the female opossum carries its babies in a pouch.
After mating, it only takes about two weeks before baby opossums,
called kits, are born. When born, baby opossums
are the size of a honeybee. They are not fully developed when
born. They must crawl up the mother’s stomach to her
pouch where they will continue developing from their mother’s
milk. She can only feed 13 kits. If more than 13 kits are
born, those that do not make it to the pouch in time will
will stay in their mother’s pouch for about 10 weeks.
After 10 weeks, they crawl from their mother’s pouch.
She will take them to a nest where they will nurse for another
4 weeks. During this time, when the mother goes looking for
food, all of the kits climb on her back. After a total of
14 weeks, the young are fully developed and are on their own.
Opossums live for about 2 years.