Pest World for Kids: Opossums

Commonly known as “possums”, these pests are the only marsupial native to the United States.

They are closely related to the Kangaroo and Koala. They are light gray in color and basically look like big rats. Opossums have five toes on each foot and a tail with no fur.

A female gives birth twice a year, 13 days after conception, to 5 to 8 babies that remain in her pouch until able to walk around on their own by about 4 months of age. Baby opossums are so tiny at birth that 10 can fit in a teaspoon! The opossum’s long pink tail is prehensile, meaning it can be used as a fifth hand.


Science Topics
Zoology
Animals
Opossums
K-6
1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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