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Virginia opossum

Didelphis marsupialis


Medium-sized black to silver mammal with a white head and bare tail. Marsupial. Omnivorous.


Very adaptable and can exist in woodlands, farms, fields and in cities and suburbs.


The opossum will opportunistically eat from pet food outdoors as well as help himself to chickens and eggs. This individual was a large adult male and was breaking into our chicken coop, eating eggs and occasionally killing an adult chicken. He was trapped and relocated to another area. The photo is a camera trap photo of the opossum attempting to prey on a hen while she is roosted during the night. She escaped, but on other occasions, the opossum was successful.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 28, 2011
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012

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