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!