Opossum Facts

Activity

 Nocturnal

Type

 Mammals

Diet

 Omnivores

Breeding

 January-February & June-July (California)

Weight

 Up to 15 pounds, usually 4-7 pounds

Size

 Up to 3 feet

Average Life Span

 Life Span: Rarely beyond 3 years

Keep children and pets away from opossums!

Opossums are willing to fight with dogs and cats—using sharp pointed teeth to cause serious injury. While opossums usually are not aggressive until cornered, they have lost much of their fear of people and will enter your homes if food is available. You may find opossums under porches and decks, in tool sheds, even in attics, garages and below buildings.Opossums forage at night, damaging vegetable gardens, feasting in fruit trees, raiding garbage cans, and eating pet food left outside. An opossum will eat nearly anything, including fruits and nuts, snakes, mice, and even roadkill. When an opossum chooses to avoid contact, it will climb a tree or hide in any convenient burrow. The opossum may also choose to discharge a smelly, greenish fluid from its anal glands in order to repel a threat. Opossums do carry various diseases–including tuberculosis–and host fleas, ticks, mites and lice that will transfer to your pets. In Orange County and Los Angeles County, the opossums’fleas have increased the spread of flea-borne typhus.Opossums are also the only marsupial in North America! They are also immune to venomous snake bites including rattle snakes, and almost never have rabies!

Opossum Control

Call Advanced Wildlife Removal at 714.862.9687 for safe, humane opossum control. Eviction of opossums is usually completed in less than one (1) week.
Following a few of your own preventative measures can help in making your property less attractive to opossums:

  • Trim overgrown shrubbery
  • Separate roof edges from trees by 5 feet
  • Bring pet food and water indoors between dusk to dawn
  • Secure trash cans with tight lids
  • Remove fallen fruit and other food sources from your grounds
  • Stack firewood & other items tightly–about 18 inches from the ground

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