Ten fun facts about Possums
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They weigh about 1.4 to 6.4 kg and are between 65 and 95 cm in length.
Possums are versatile and adaptable. They are efficient swimmers and climbers. They use their sharp claws, tails and mouth to climb trees. They live in holes in the trees.
They are nocturnal solitary animals that are nomadic by nature and search for abandoned burrows for staying temporarily.
Possums feed mainly on leaves, bark, fungi, ferns, fruits, buds and flowers. They also eat land snails, carrion and native birds, invertebrates and eggs.Fact 5
They have 50 teeth which is more than any mammal.Fact 6
Life span is 2 to 4 years. The gestation period is 12 to 14 days. Females produce 2 litters in a year. Babies develop in the pouch of their mother.Fact 7
Possums make smacking noises to attract each other. Baby possums sneeze and hiss when distressed or face danger.Fact 8
They are resistant to diseases such as rabies because of their low body temperature and efficient immune system.Fact 9
Possums do not have good eyesight or strong hearing. They however have a sharp sense of smell.Fact 10
When threatened possums lie motionless or flop on their sides with eyes closed or fixed in one direction. They can remain like this from 1 minute to 6 hours. Go to more animal facts ❯
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