Opossums

The opossum is the only native marsupial in North America and makes up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere with over 100 different species. Opossums have greyish-white fur with a hairless tail. 

Opossums are solitary, nocturnal creatures that are known for “playing dead” when threatened. They are very strong climbers and swimmers. Opossums are scavengers and will basically eat about anything from berries, mice, ticks, garbage, etc.

How Do I Get Rid of Opossums?

Here at Advanced Wildlife Control, we believe in humane animal removal. Therefore, we will live trap and relocate all of our animals including opossums. Our technicians have removed opossums from garages, decks, basements, swimming pools, and even rooftops. Getting rid of opossums is not as easy as you may think and should only be handled by our professionals here at Advanced Wildlife Control. 

DID YOU KNOW? – Opossums are mostly immune to rabies, and in fact, they are 8 times less likely to carry rabies compared to other animals.

Opossums do not pose any real threats. They are considered “Nature’s Garbage Trucks” because they will eat basically anything, even ticks. Opossums are a beneficial animal to have in your yard but can be a problem if they find their way into your home. Since opossums eat basically anything including garbage, we recommend not provoking them because they do have a painful and contagious bite. 

Other than its distinctive appearance with its greyish-white fur and hairless tail, the only other major sign of an opossum is its track. An opossum’s hind feet have widely angled “big toes.”

Breeding season for an opossum occurs in February. A female opossum can give birth to as many as 20 young who are only born after 13 days of breeding. They start out as tiny as honeybees and immediately crawl into the mother’s pouch where they continue to develop. 

After 2 months, the young will go in and out of the pouch sometimes riding on the female’s back as she hunts for food. Opossums usually have 2 litters per year that become independent after 4 months.

Opossums live basically anywhere there is food, water, and shelter. They are common in Wisconsin, particularly in the central and southern parts of the state. They can be found in just about anywhere like under decks, in garages, barns, woodpiles, hollow trees, etc. 

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