Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum

The Virginia opossum’s hairless, scale-like, prehensile tail is relatively large, usually around 90% of its total body length.

The Virginia opossum has a long, hairless, and scale-like prehensile tail that is a common victim of frost bite. Although there is fur at the base of the tail, it is largely hairless throughout.

Virginia opossum’s tails are very long and tend to be about 90-93% as long as their head to body length.

Sources: (Burnie, Wilson, & Clutton-Brock, 2001; Christiansen, 2006; Gipson & Palmer, 2001; Hoffmeister, 2002; Hossler, McAninch, & Harder, 1994; McManus, 1974; McRuer & Jones, 2009; Siciliano, 2013; Wilemon, 2008; Wright, Burt, & Jackson, 2012)
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