This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
Our elder possum was born in summer 2016, brought to Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek and thought to be a former pet. She was donated to CuriOdyssey in January 2017. The second possum was born in 2017, found as a baby and kept as a pet before being turned over to Stanislaus Wildlife Center. She was donated to CuriOdyssey in May 2018.
Fun facts about Virginia Opossums
When danger approaches, the opossum drops in a tight ball as if feigning death ("playing possum"), a good move since many predators will leave a carcass alone. Opossums have more teeth than any other North American Mammal — 50 teeth! The opposable hind feet and semi-prehensile tail help with balance, both in trees and on the ground.
What do Virginia Opossums eat?
At CuriOdyssey, we serve our opossums kibble, fruits, vegetables, hard-boiled egg, a variety of meat, and insects. In the wild, opossum diet varies on what is seasonally or locally available. They eat fruit, insects, snakes, small vertebrates, carrion, plants, and garbage.
How long to Virginia Opossums live?
In the Wild: up to 2 years
In Captivity: 2–3 years is average, up to 7 years has been recorded
Where do Virginia Opossums live?
Found in wooded country with streams nearby, the opossum is becoming more urbanized. Eastern U.S.A., Mexico, and Central America. Also, introduced to western U.S.A.
Are Virginia Opossums endangered?
No special status. Since the opossum has adapted so well to living near people, its geographic range is expanding and the population is thriving.
How to help wild opossums
Drive slowly at night to avoid hitting opossums; don’t leave pet food out overnight, as this can attract opossums and teach them to associate people with food; avoid using rodenticides/pesticides, as opossums can eat animals/plants that have been poisoned.