Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
The opossum is the only native marsupial in the United States. While it can be found in all 100 North Carolina counties and adapts to all types of environments, it prefers deciduous forests with streams. One of the benefits this nocturnal mammal provides is that it can eat 1000s of ticks each week and also consumes snakes, mice, rats, cockroaches, slugs and snails.
Virginia Opossom: North Carolina Wildlife Profiles (N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission) This article provides a general description of the opossum and information on its history, status, habitats, habits and human interaction.
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