Opossum In My Yard

Last week I saw a Virginia Opossum walking in my yard when it was freezing cold outside. I have never seen an opossum in my yard before, so it was amazing to witness. Virginia opossums are marsupials and generally live 1- 4 years. Marsupials are a type of mammal that have pouches for their young until they are mature. It’s not unusual to see the babies riding on their mom’s back too!

Opossums play dead when they feel threatened. They are omnivores, meaning that they eat plants and berries as well as mice and small mammals. They are also good backyard animals, because they will eat and keep the other pests at check. It’s nice to know I have a friendly backyard animal keeping the pests away!

Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens

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