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Old 10-17-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Possums aren't necessarily misunderstood, they're just taken at face value - which is a creepy looking marsupial with lots of sharp teeth, apparent disregard for human dominion, beady eyes, matted hair and a nasty, hairless tail covered in scutes.

Do you want to make friends with this guy?

Angry Opossum pt.2 - YouTube

I do congratulate you on your newfound connection with wildlife, however. I hate New York for that reason; no wilderness.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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There are many throughout our neighborhoods here. They live in and under our sheds and portable buildings. They're harmless as long as you don't corner them. Their first defense is to run and then play possum (for real). If cornered they will snarl and hiss but they really want no trouble. Cats mostly ignore them and dogs might chase them. They will stink up whatever they live in though.

I often have possums in the backyard under the loquat tree when they start to drop fruit.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Not such a cute and cuddly critter if you have horses.....
The carry EPM.. Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:38 PM
 
Location: SoCal again
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opossums are like so ugly and stuff. I don't understand why you like them. They are like ugly and they like to attack smaller animals, like birds, cats, and stuff. They are like so big and look like the ugly version of rats.

You like the LIKE, don't you?
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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Possums aren't necessarily misunderstood, they're just taken at face value - which is a creepy looking marsupial with lots of sharp teeth, apparent disregard for human dominion, beady eyes, matted hair and a nasty, hairless tail covered in scutes.

Do you want to make friends with this guy?
I do congratulate you on your newfound connection with wildlife, however. I hate New York for that reason; no wilderness.
I wouldn't make an attempt to befriend all possums and of course you have to be careful about being
bitten, but here's some exceptions (see links below). I think they are fascinating & cute plus they are
the only marsupial in North America.



Pet Possum Opossum Rocko - YouTube


Charlie The Friendly Possum - YouTube
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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I had a pet opossum growing up. He was great, would walk on a harness and liked being carried around. They have the cutest little hands and feet. Many people were confused as to what he was, as they'd only seen them squished on the road before at a distance. Unfortunately they just don't live very long, even in captivity you're looking at just a couple of years

We got him as a baby. A guy my dad worked with found a bunch of baby opossums in his bathtub and searched everywhere for the mother but couldn't find her. So, my dad brought me one home because he knew how much I loved animals of pretty much any sort. He loved dog biscuits, and all sorts of veggies and fruits.

So I have a soft spot for the little guys and would probably try to befriend them if I ever saw any around here They're certainly not the smartest animals around though, lol
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