Opossum Information and Photos

September 4, 2014

Opossums eat rats. Encourage your area to set up an area for opossums.





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October 10, 2008

Do possums hibernate?

David from Stockton, CA


By Suzanne (Guest Post)
October 10, 20080 found this helpful

No opossums do not hibernate, they may den up in cold weather, but will come out to eat.

October 10, 20080 found this helpful

according to a The Possum Pages website...

>>>Do opossums hibernate during winter?

Opossums do not hibernate. Their greatest challenge during winter, especially in colder climates, is simply to survive. Very often opossums will alter their foraging habits during winter, coming out during the day when it is warmer rather than at night. It is not uncommon for opossums in northern regions to suffer frostbite during extremely cold periods.


Their tails are particularly susceptible to frostbite as they have no fur covering to protect them. Sometimes opossums can be found relocating to basements or garages in order to escape the cold. The only way to prevent this is to make sure all openings are fully covered.


October 12, 20080 found this helpful

I had a family of opossums in my backyard shed one winter, so I would say they definately try to find a place to get out of the cold weather.


By Mary Ann. (Guest Post)
October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Not here in N Y. They come and eat from my bird feeders, if they can get to them. They go up the pole, and hang on any way they can, to get to my bird food day or night!

By Beanner (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

OK Next question. I live in WI & have one sleeping in my chicken coop. Will it eat my chickens?

By Lynn (Guest Post)
November 28, 20080 found this helpful

I was wondering about possum's hibernating. I live in Cedar Grove, WI and my husband and I manage a small motel about a mile from town. We put out dry cat food to feed some of the stray cats and the food is put between our kitchen door and the door to the office.


We have a possum that comes up to the doors to eat the cat food. We just found out where it has been living. We have an old coke machine that does not work and the possum is living inside the machine.

By Lizette F (Guest Post)
January 4, 20090 found this helpful

I need to get rid of my possum in my back yard.

By abigail (Guest Post)
January 16, 20090 found this helpful

I went to go move our garbage can and there is an opossum in it.I put the garbage can on its side so the opossum could get out. I went back outside 3 times and it moved to the garden but its not playing opossum.

March 10, 20190 found this helpful

Put baby oil on the poles....and dont have them close to tree branches or anything they can climb or jump from....very funy to watch critters slide down the pole !

May 31, 20200 found this helpful

Don't get rid of them. Possums will keep ticks and fleas out of your yard. State of TX published an article a couple of years ago encouraging residents to help keep possums because of the way they control ticks.

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January 26, 2010

Skeeter was 3 1/2 years old. Possum, oh possum. I found her when she was about 2.5 inches long, in her Mama's pouch. She had been hit by a car, but 6 babies survived.

Opossum sitting near window.


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May 27, 2011

Our cat has her own house, in fact it is a condo and at times she has visitors. I don't think this one was probably invited but she isn't particular and shares with all.



March 25, 2008

A little visitor, he must have fallen off of his mommy's back, I just took the baby boy by the tail, put him in a little box and brought him to the wildlife rehab center.

Cute baby possum.


June 2, 2011

We are in the small town of Chillicothe, Illinois, and discovered that we had baby possums behind our store. We put out a trap. This is a picture of the seventh one we caught.

Photo of a baby possum

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