There are more than sixty species of opossums, but the most common is the Virginia opossum. It is the only marsupial or animal with a pouch in North America. Opossums are known for their defense tactic of faking death. When threatened, they lay on their side with the intent to deceive predators into thinking that they are injured or dead. This reaction is sometimes involuntary, and triggered by extreme fear. It can also be used to convince large animals that they are not a threat to their young.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Buckets- 6/13/2019