Friday, December 28, 2012

CAMERA CRITTERS

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.

Camera Critters


Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters.  It is has always been a very enjoyable meme and one I look forward to each Saturday.

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33 comments:

diane b said...

I can't believe those feet! They look like human fingers. Your opossum is much different to ours. Love the photos. Those feet !!!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

What a cute visitor for X-mas! I had never seen or heard of this critter, very nice paws! :)
Wishing you a great 2013!
God bless you!
Cezar

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are great photos of that fellow. I rarely see the ones here in the daytime. My cats ignore the possum when he comes on the patio.

Kev Alviti said...

Looks like an amazing animal but I'll just stick with the pests we've got over here thanks!

eileeninmd said...

Cool photos, Denise! I have seen this critter on my deck lately too. They have weird looking feet. I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Years!

Valerie said...

Those feet are amazing. I have never seen an Opossum... I wish we had them over here.

Thank you for your New Year greeting, your new header is beautiful. Hope 2013 is good for you and your family.

Kerri said...

WOW - those toes/feet are amazing!!!!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Those are very good photos of that possum! We have them around here where I live. Thankfully they haven't found our chickens because they are really good chicken killers.

Don Wood said...

how sweet are they? hope you had a good Christmas I did and am so exhausted I am in bed for the second day running HEEEEEEEEEE HEEEEEEEE. XXX Don

Kay G. said...

If you have any small children, you MUST find the book, "Possum Come A Knockin". This was one of the FEW books that only I was allowed to read to my son. (It MUST be read with a Southern accent!)
Great shot of the possum!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I thought you were in Oklahoma for a second. We are overrun with Possums. Some say they are good eating. I'm just going to take their word for it.

Linda Gross said...

What great pictures of the opossum. I've never seen one, except for eyes looking down at me in a chimney one time!

gigihawaii said...

Very cute! Their paws look amazing.

Jane and Chris said...

I've rehabbed a few in my time..delightful but misunderstood critters.
Jane x

Leave It To Davis said...

That was very educational. I have never seen one up close like that...I love it's little hands and feet...look like fingers and toes! Thanks for sharing!

TexWisGirl said...

so stinking ugly and cute at the same time. used to get them in the barn a lot when i had my barn cat. sadly, they carry an equine disease.

Out on the prairie said...

So primitive looking,I have been startled a few times in my yard by them

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! You took great photos of the possum!

Jan said...

Great captures, Denise. Love those feet! We had one come in the house in the middle of the night, when we lived in Long Beach. The dogs just let it in! After that we no longer slept with the back door open, as you can imagine.

Misty DawnS said...

I'm probably one of the few people who think these critters are cute! Fantastic photos!

Kerry said...

They are fantastic shots. I've not seen one of those critters before.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show - wish you a Happy New Year.
Thanks for The comments on my blog in 2012
Hanne Bente

~ Janis said...

I love opossums, they are amazing creatures. I once saw one with 13 babies on her back-obviously caring for another opossums litter.
Frequently if an opossum is hit by a car and killed, her babies are still alive in her "pocket."
I always check when I find one.
We have a few odd ones up here in Vermont that came by train from the south, by accident.
Come visit our flock and herd when you have a chance at:
www.tailgait.blogspot.com

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Cool photos! Sometimes opossums come by here and eat any food our outdoor cats leave behind. I think they are cute but my husband disagrees!

Visiting from camera critters :)

Pat said...

Nice captures. This one looks pretty cute.

Jidhu Jose said...

great shots

Happy New Year

lina@happy family said...

Amazing critter :)
Awesome shots, Denise. Thanks for dropping by.
Happy New Year!

The Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. They look very different to our possoms, and those feet are AMAZING.

Marie said...

Wonderful Camera Critter! I just love Opossums...I've never understood why anyone would want to hurt this placid, harmless creature.

Marie said...

I love the photos! We often go to the Wildlife Rescue Center to see the baby Possums in the spring -- my daughter is especially fond of them and knows quite a lot about them.

Visiting via Camera Critters :-)

eden said...

such a lovely creature. Beautiful photos.

Pia said...

Oh what cute feetsies!!! I would love to have such visitors.

Have a Happy New Year!

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you my friends! Always enjoyable to read your comments.