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Robinson's mouse opossum

Marmosa robinsoni


It is a species of opossum in the Didelphidae family. It moves along tree branches and vines with the help of a prehensile tail may leap between gaps as they search for fruit and insects. It's native to Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Grenada, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.


This species is found in a wide variety of habitats, from evergreen or cloud forest to deciduous and thorn forest, secondary vegetation, and mesic grasslands.


It was found in a box of apples.

1 species ID suggestions

Steffi 6 years ago
Robinson's Mouse Opossum
Marmosa robinsoni Robinson's mouse opossum


João Burini
João Burini 5 years ago

Now just imagine the size of a newborn one :P

lori.tas 5 years ago

I am so jealous, we have pygmy possums in Tasmania and I so want to see one someday

GregMasteller 5 years ago

It does have an ear that looks worse than most MMA fighters though - Ha!

GregMasteller 5 years ago

Love the mask!

Carolina 5 years ago

That's great! We call them "Zarigüeyas" or "Chuchas", zarigüeya is a sophisticate name, because when you ask someone to explain a chucha, they will say it is a big rat. But if you say zarigüeya it sounds like a cute and clean animal haha.

rubens.luciano 5 years ago

Hi Carolina,

We have this opossum here in Brazil too, even in the SW region. In portuguese, we call it "Cuíca" or "Catita".

Beautiful little mammal. Very nice captured.

Carolina 6 years ago

Haha Alice, you're a sweetheart!
I'm not that back yet, but soon! Give me a couple of weeks and I'll be definitely back. I'm missing my Project Noah friends too much :)

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Carolina, The Queen is back! Every time you have to take a picture down, I call you the Queen, you do it so well. (and I am always glad I don't have to) Hope you don't mind your nickname

animaisfotos 6 years ago

Beautiful capture. Great sequence. Thanks for sharing.

Carolina 6 years ago

Not agressive at all! Few bites, but that was all!

SusanEllison 6 years ago

like the curly tail!

p.young713 6 years ago

Very Cute!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 6 years ago

Wow Carolina, this guy is so cute!
Seems not to be aggressive

Carolina 6 years ago

The one on the first video look alike, I'm not sure about the others. And no I couldn't keep it, my mom insisted it was a rat, but I know he still alive, his name is Jeronimo.

Mel Carroll
Mel Carroll 6 years ago

It's funny, I almost asked you if the box could have come from chile, as they have a very limited range. The video on the link I gave you looks very much like yours. What an amazing find. Do you still have it?

Mel Carroll
Mel Carroll 6 years ago

I looked it up on google images. Here's one site:

Carolina 6 years ago

Melodycaroll, I just saw your other comment, and I asked for your pictures because we heard the box was shipped from Chile, but we couldn't tracked it, so we thought it was native. But now that you mention Chile, I got curious :)

Carolina 6 years ago

Do you have pictures of it, I'd like to see them!

Mel Carroll
Mel Carroll 6 years ago

This is adorable. I found a similar species native to Chile called monito del monte, also a marsupial.

Steffi 6 years ago

This may be the cutest little creature that I have ever seen.

Carolina 6 years ago

Thank you Steffi! I've updated.

Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Lat: 10.96, Long: -74.80

Spotted on Nov 25, 2010
Submitted on Jul 28, 2011

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