Virginia Opossum

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Due to their small size, nocturnal habits, and high reproductive output, Viriginia opossums thrive in woodlands, thickets, forests, shrublands, and even urban areas, but prefer areas near water.

Virginia opossums may be found in a fairly wide range of habitats; however, they typically prefer areas near a water source, such as a stream or swamp. They may live in dry and arid environments, woodlands, thickets, forests, shrublands, and even human-altered artificial terrestrial areas.

They can be found from near sea level to 3,000 meters in elevation.

This species has been extremely successful due to their ability to thrive in urban areas; this is assisted by their small body size, nocturnal habits, and high reproductive output.

Sources: (Harmon, et al., 2005; Hoffmeister, 2002; McManus, 1974; Pérez-Hernandez, Lew, & Solari, 2016; Siciliano, 2013; Wright, Burt, & Jackson, 2012)
Image: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren

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