- Average litter size 8-18 that develop in the mothers pouch.
- New born opossum is one half inch in length, hairless pink skinned and blind.
- They crawl through their mothers’ fur to the pouch where they grow rapidly for 8-9 weeks.
- Opossum have on average two litters per year.
- Tennessee’s only marsupial or pouched animal.
- Highly adaptable and prefer farming areas, woodlands and stream banks.
- Has a prehensile tail that aids in its ability to climb.
- When cornered it may fake its death or “play possum”.
- Usually solitary.
- Average length 25-40 in.
- Average weight 9-13 lbs.
- Long coarse grayish white fur and scaly tail.
- Toes have claws except for the last one on each hind foot.
- This toe is used like a thumb for grasping.
- Have fifty teeth.
Opossums eat fruit, nuts, vegetables, meat, eggs, insects and carrion.