Opossum Removal – Opossum Trapping – Opossum Control – Opossum Exterminating
® American Animal Control, LLC traps and removes hundreds of Opossums each year. We remove Opossums from under decks, under sheds, and we trap Opossums digging in yards. Sometimes our licensed wildlife removal specialist will even trap and remove Opossum living in attics, and in soffits.
The opossum is the only marsupial, or pouched mammal, native to North America. Opossums are grayish white in color and fur covers the whole body, except for its ears and tail. The opossum has a long, scaly “rat like” tail, which is adapted for grasping and hanging. These marsupials can weigh anywhere from 4 to 13 pounds, and their body can range from 15 to 20 inches long with a 9 to 20 inch long tail.
Opossums are common and abundant throughout all the Midwest and most of the eastern United States.
Opossums can be found in a variety of habitats. Opossums naturally prefer living in the woods, and or near water, but can also be found in farmlands or marshes. Opossums can also be found throughout urban and suburban environments.
Opossums are omnivores. This means they eat a varied diet of insects, worms, frogs, birds, fruits, nuts and carrion (dead animals). They will also eat small rodents, voles, shrews and moles. Opossums are often seen feeding at compost piles, garbage cans and under bird feeders.
Opossums breed from January to July. Twelve to thirteen days after breeding, the young will be born. Baby opossums are only the size of a bee at birth. Opossums will live and nurse in the mother’s pouch for two months. When the young Opossums leave the pouch, the female Opossum will often carry the young on her back.
Sometimes a opossum will hiss or make a slight growl if they feel threatened or during fights in the mating season. Females will also make a clicking noise to their young, and the young, if separated from their mother, will make a slight a “sneezing”noise to communicate.
Opossums are “roamers” and never really establish their own territory. Opossums are primarily nocturnal and will wander throughout areas in the night in search of food. During the day, opossums will seek refuge in hollow trees, under porches, in brush piles, other animal’s burrows. Many times Opossum s will live under decks, sheds, and out buildings. Many times we will trap and remove Opossums living or staying in crawlspaces of homes.
Opossums use several techniques to avoid predators. In one technique, opossums will freeze to avoid being seen by a predator, “playing dead”. Opossums also will fake illness by drooling excessively and swaying back and forth. Many predators will avoid sick prey. But when threaten, a Opossum will bite.
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Opossums are highly resistant to diseases such as rabies because of their efficient immune system and lower body temperature. Opossums will use their tail to assit in climbing trees or corners of homes. Opossums have exactly 50 teeth which is more than any other North American land mammal. The opossum also has what looks like “thumbs” on its hind feet for holding onto branches.
Opossums are managed furbearers by most states Department of Natural Resources, and trapping or hunting Opossums requires a license.
® American Animal Control, LLC wildlife removal and animal control specialist can remove the nuisance Opossum and also help you prevent the re-occurrence by installing and deck or shed barrier.