|Virginie opossum range|
The Virginie opossum (Didelphis virginiana), commonly kent as the North American opossum, is the anly marsupial foond in North Americae north o Mexico. In the Unitit States it is teepically referred tae simply as a possum. A solitar an nocturnal ainimal aboot the size o a domestic cat, an thus the lairgest opossum, it is a successfu opportunist. It is familiar tae mony North Americans as it is eften seen near touns, rummagin throu garbage cans, or lyin bi the road, a victim o traffic.
In Mexico it is kent as the tlacuache.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Gardner, A. L. (2005). "Order Didelphimorphia". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Cuarón, A. D., Emmons, L., Helgen, K., Reid, F., Lew, D., Patterson, B., Delgado, C. & Solari, S. (2008). "Didelphis virginiana". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2008. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
- "Virginia Opossum". Mass Audubon. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
Opossums are frequently encountered as corpse along highways. Some biologists believe that many die as they feed on road-killed animals – a favorite food. Others believe that the opossums’ small brain (5 times smaller than that of a raccoon) suggests that they may just be too dumb to get out of the way of vehicles!