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How do opossums rear their young?


Newborn opossums are reared in a pouch on the mother’s stomach, when they are old enough to leave the pouch.  The mother carries them on her back.

Opossums are furry animals that look something like an overgrown rat.  They can be found living in many parts of North America.

The way in which the opossum rears its young sets it apart from all other American animals.  Opossums are marsupials – that is, a baby opossum grows up in a pouch on its mother’s stomach, like a baby kangaroo.

Baby opossums are tiny and helpless when they are born.

Four to 18 babies may be born at one time.  Each baby is no longer than your thumbnail.

The babies at once crawl into the mother’s pouch.  The babies stay safe and snug in the pouch , feeding on the mother’s milk until they are big enough to live outside the pouch.

After they leave the pouch, the baby opossums ride around on the mother’s back until they are old enough to take care of themselves.

When fully grown, an opossum is about the size of a common house cat.  – Dick Rogers



How did the pack rat get its name?

Pack Rat

A wood rat is popularly called “pack rat”  because of its habit of stealing and “packing off” shiny objects, such as buttons, bottle tops or other bright objects with which to decorate its nest.

Sometimes the rat will trade a pebble or something equally useless it is carrying for a more attractive ring or coin.  For this reason it is also called a “trade rat.”

The wood rat is native to the Western world.  It looks much like the common house rat, but its tall is furry, instead of naked and scaly.  Unlike most rats, the wood rat does not live in sewers and garbage dumps.

It makes its home mostly in wooded country and on rocky hillside and builds its nest in a large heap of twigs.

Its home may tower three to four feet high and resemble a badly-made beaver lodge.  The pack rat goes out only at night to look for berries and other plant food, or any nice, shiny object it can “pack off” to its nest. – Dick Rogers