Opossum
  • Home Range: 10 to 50 acres.
 
  • Opossums are omnivores and will eat almost anything. 
 
  • Mating: Mostly in February or March, but there is a second peak in breeding in late May through June after the first litters are weaned.
 
  • Gestation: Approximately 2 weeks. Being a marsupial, the young travel to a pouch where they attach to a teat for another 60 days.
 
  • Number of young: Average of 9.
 
  • Number of litters: 1 to 2
 
    *  Opossum are the only true marsupial in Iowa and the United States.
If you have ever heard the term "playing opossum", it means to "play dead".  The opossum in this picture is doing exactly that.  This opossum is just fine and was released unharmed.