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Opossum Identification

Size: Up to 55 cm in length.

Colour: Grey fur with brown, red or black shades.

Description: Marsupials with long heads, pointed snouts, black eyes, black ears, and hairless tails.

Order/Family: Didelphimorphia.

Scientific Name: Didelphis virginiana (North American opossum).

Did You Know?

Opossums, more commonly known as possums in the Southwestern U.S. and Midwest, are the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere.

Opossum Biology

The most fascinating trait of opossums is their robust and hardy immune system. Opossums have partial-to-total immunity from the venoms of rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and other pit vipers. They’re unlikely to carry any disease for this reason, too. About one in 800 opossums carry the rabies virus, for example.

Opossum Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Predominantly solitary and nomadic, opossums will happily stay in one area like your home or business. This is as long as food and shelter are nearby.

Opossums are opportunistic omnivores, surviving on a combination of meat and vegetation in their diets. This suits their diverse habitats well. For some, a semi-aquatic setting is the perfect opossum habitat, while others are adept for life on the ground.

What makes a human home so appealing as an opossum habitat is the fact they won’t put much effort into building a shelter, preferring to lazily squat in or under a home.

When opossums feel threatened, they’ll pretend to be sick or a dead animal, smell and all! This physiological defence is involuntary, but highly effective. When they’re playing possum, opossums will seize up, allowing them to be prodded, moved, or carried away, all without a peep from the marsupials.

So even if you have an opossum deterrent in place, don’t be surprised to see them return from the dead in your home or business!

Whether you need residential or commercial opossum removal, getting rid of opossums is extremely tricky and challenging. This is due to their unspecialized biology, an adaptable diet, and their reproductive habits. This makes them wildly efficient colonizers and survivors in Canada’s erratic climate.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Opossums?

Sanitation, prevention and exclusion are the most effective ways of getting rid of opossums and preventing opossum problems.

Opossum deterrents you can try around your home or business include:

  • Investing in tight-fitting lids for your trashcans
  • Adding screens or wire over any entry points in your home or business
  • Applying lattice to the base of your porch or deck, deterring them from nesting underneath
  • Avoiding any food being left unattended outside, especially cat or dog food

Terminix Canada Opossum Pest Control Can Help You

Our humane opossum control service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of opossums for good.

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