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OPOSSUMS; FAMILY DIDELPHIDAE

     The family Didelphidae were/are oppossum-like.  They are omnivorous and their skulls are easily distinguished from those of placental mammals because of the large number of teeth (they have a tooth formula 5,1,3,4/4,1,3,4[incisors, canines, premolars, molars in the upper/and lower jaws]).  Most can climb and have a prehensile tail. 

OPOSSUM OPOSSUM
OPOSSUM      The opossum (Didelphis marsupialis) is the only North American marsupial.  Opossums migrated northwards from South America when the two Americas joined.  Opossums are nocturnal animals with a varied diet, feeding on fruits, vegetables, small animals, eggs, meat, and carrion.  The young are born after 13 days of gestation at which point they weigh about 2 grams each. Opossums climb trees well and may “play dead” when threatened.