Posted Jan 1, 2004
Last Updated Nov 2, 2011

This opossum has been a regular visitor in my neighborhood for the last couple of years. Every time I see him I run inside and get my camera and he tries to run away. As it happens, I'm often faster, and I force him into a mini photoshoot before allowing him to slink off into the night.

Note... I received an email pointing out that an opossum is not a rodent... which I am well aware of--this page has rodent in the keywords because many people search for rodents when searching for opossums. An opossum is a marsupial. I mislabeled a photo as "rodent" instead of "marsupial". Thanks to Dale Max Cannon for pointing out the error.

I also want to deal with a common criticism that I have recieved about this page--that opossums are not aggressive. While they are generally benign creatures, I do think that it would be a bad idea to grab a wild opossum, since they are wild animals with sharp teeth. A cornered opossum may feel threatened and defend itself with its teeth. Of course, they sometimes "play dead" when threatened too.

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Jul 10, 2012

Geico has been running the commercial with the Opossum. These critters are so homely... they're kinda cute. I wonder... how are they for pets?
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This is the opossum knocking on my neighbor Bobs door. The fellow was lucky Bob was not home--Bob often mentions how well my pet rabbit would go in a stew, and I doubt he would fret over eating this marsupial.


The opossum trying to sneak past my camera.


The opossum captured playing in neighbors' garden.

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This shot of the opossum is in Autumn. As you can see... he's fattened up quite a bit.

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Too fat to run away, the opossum takes the photoshoot with a bit of annoyed patience.


Now either opossums slobber a lot (since this guy always slobbers) or he was preparing to lunge at me.