Over the Christmas holiday my in-laws stayed with us. I have mentioned before that Celia feeds a stray feral cat daily, and occasionally a few other critters show up for a meal. When she and my father-in-law looked outside recently, this is what greeted them. I asked Celia if I could share her photos and she very kindly said yes, so thank you Celia.
Aren't those feet amazing? I cropped the above photo for a better look.
The Northern American Opossum is our only marsupial. The female nurses her young in her pouch until they are about two to three months old, and then carries them on her back another one to two months whenever they are away from their den.
They hiss or growl when frightened but in reality are gentle and placid. Opossums will try to avoid all confrontations and wish to be left alone. When startled they will assume a 'play-dead' stance, 'playing possum', are solitary animals and are usually nocturnal.
They are omnivorous and eat insects, snails, rodents, carrion, occasionally will eat snakes, ground corn and other vegetables, berries, over-ripe fruit, grasses and leaves (here this little one is eating cat food and by the way, the cat stays well clear while it is around). You can read more about them here.
To see other fun critters you can click here.