Opossums have 50 teeth, more than any other
The claws are super tools for digging up grubs, worms and any other tasty morsels. They also aid in climbing.
The tip of the tail appears to have been lost. Damage to ears and tails from freezing temperatures is common. Considering the many nights of subzero temperatures we experienced this winter, I’m surprised that this guy isn’t showing more damage.
Ticks find the Opossum quite attractive and I often find dozens of ticks around the ears and neck. We usually have active ticks as soon as the temperature hits 70 degrees and we’ve had several days of temperatures in that range. So far this year, I’ve seen no ticks and the Opossum seemed tick free. I hope that’s a sign that it’s going to be a light tick year.
If it appears safe to do so, the Opossum will begin to move slowly away. Often it will rock forwards and backwards as if mimicking a small shrub being blown by the wind. I had to back off about 40 feet before this guy began to move.
At the intersection of the old fence line, the Opossum took a quick turn and disappeared into a brush pile. I imagine I’ll probably see him in the yard again this evening.