Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)
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Habitat: Stream and river floodplains, woodlands, mesquite plains, tall-grass prairies, post oak-blackjack associations, mixed-grass uplands, mixed shrubs, shinnery oak areas, agricultural areas, cities and towns.

Habits: Nocturnal and solitary. Omnivorous and opportunistic scavengers. When threatened the opossum will really “play ‘possum” and pretends to be dead even to the point of drooling and releasing a foul odor. Breeding season from January to August; generally 8 to 10 young in pouch, maximum of 13; gestation about 12 days.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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