Meet the Virginia Opossum, with Katelyn Moore, Teacher Naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center

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Virginia Opossums, native to the Mid-South area, historically lived in only forested areas but have habituated well with urban sprawl and development making themselves right at home in most backyards. Opossums are the only marsupial (pouched animal) in North America, also boasting the most amount of teeth at 50 when compared to other mammals on the continent. One opossum is able to eat 90% of the ticks they encounter, as many as 5,000 ticks in one season, decreasing the population of potential carriers of Lyme disease by creating a distinctly important niche in the ecosystem.


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