Possums live all across the United States, especially in the southeastern and mid-western parts of the country. They usually reside inside trees or logs.Know More
There are numerous breeds of possums, but the Virginia possum, or common possum, is the breed found in the United States and Canada. They can be found in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest regions of the country. Possums are also found in the Northwest. Because they do not tolerate hot, dry climates very well, they are rarely seen in arid climates.
Possums are natural scavengers and are often found digging through garbage cans or dumpsters and feasting on roadkill. Possums will hunt and kill mice, insects, snakes and birds. They will also eat fruits, nuts and grass.Learn more about Marsupials
It is possible for opossums to carry rabies, but it is rare. All mammals, including humans and opossums, are capable of catching the rabies virus and becoming ill, but opossums are much more resistant to coming down with the disease than other animals.Full Answer >
Baby possums keep the same diet as adults, which consists of garbage, carrion, grass, nuts, fruit, mice and even birds and chickens. A baby often accompanies its mother on hunts, riding along on her back, and possums and their babies are regularly spotted around garbage cans and near road kill.Full Answer >
Advice for raising baby possums, including how to keep them warm and what to feed them, is listed on the Rainbow Wildlife Rescue and Opossum.org websites. Animal rescue and rehabilitation agencies strongly recommend that unlicensed people should not raise possums on their own.Full Answer >
The majority of tree kangaroo species are native to Papua New Guinea, particularly on the Huon Peninsula in the northeastern part of the country. Tree kangaroos are also found on the continent of Australia and in the province of West Papua.Full Answer >