- About 2 1/2-3 1/2 lbs or house cat size.
- Omnivore, dental formula 5-1-3-4/4-1-3-4.
- Opossums were introduced from eastern US initially to California, then through range expansion or additional introductions are now common in Washington west of the Cascades.
- Usually nocturnal and solitary, during the day opossums may hide in attics and under porches so you might see one around your house.
- Climbs easily and uses its prehensile naked tail like an extra hand, especially in trees.
- The young spend 3 months in a pouch like that of a kangaroo but backward-pointing (both are marsupials).
- “Playing possum” is a phrase that refers their habit of acting dead when threatened.