A All Animal Control of Western KY (270) 841-2479 – Opossum Control in Benton, KY
The Truth about the Opossum
There are two questions often asked about opossums: do they really play dead, and can they hang by their tail? Well, yes and yes and no. Opossums are strange creatures with some interesting abilities aside from their odd physiology compared to most mammals in North America. This being because the Opossum is the only marsupial in North America.
As for the previous questions, an opossum can play dead. In fact, it may go through several phases before utilizing this survival strategy. ‘Possums will hiss when cornered, and if they can’t deter a threat this way, they will secrete a pungent, green fluid from their anal glands. If all else fails, the ‘possum will play dead, looking exactly like the dead body of a ‘possum. Its breathing will even become imperceptible.
Then, there’s the hanging by the tail routine. Cartoon ‘possums and paintings tend to illustrate the ‘possum hanging upside down from a branch by its tail. However, adult opossums are too heavy to hang by their tails, but the young ‘possums are able to perform this act. The adults may carry a little nesting material in these prehensile tails, but that’s all.
Opossums also perform acts that are far less charming than dangling by its tail, such as breaking and entering. ‘Possums are excellent climbers; they can easily find their way to your roof and into your attic if they are not completely excluded. They’ll rummage through garbage bins and sit down to supper with your outdoor cat. (This is all the more reason not to leave food outside at night.)
Once any wild animal finds food and associates with humans, it will be happy to stick around. Sticking around means losing fear of humans and getting too close, damaging property, and, if nocturnal, disturbing your sleep. If you have a nuisance ‘possum that has decided to make a living at your house, call a wildlife professional with A All Animal Control of Western KY at (270) 841-2479. Not only will your professionals remove the problem opossum, but they will also repair any damages.