Although it is usually illegal, Virginia opossums are kept as pets, in which they adopt a more diurnal lifestyle, can be litter-trained, and often develop obesity.
Although it is illegal in many states, Virginia opossums are sometimes kept as pets.
In such situations, these animals may be successfully litter-trained and adapt to the diurnal lifestyle of their owners. Obesity is common among captive Virginia opossums.
Sources: (Alonso-Castro, et al., 2011; Jacobo-Salcedo, Alonso-Castro, & Zarate-Martinez, 2011; McManus, 1974; McRuer & Jones, 2009; Pérez-Hernandez, Lew, & Solari, 2016; Siciliano, 2013)