Common Opossum

The Common Opossum or Manicou is an opossum species living from the south of Mexico to Bolivia. It prefers the woods, but can also live in fields and cities.

The Common Opossum is approximately as big as a cat. Its fine and smooth tail can measure 19.7 inches (50 cm). It has 50 teeth.

The Common Opossum is a nocturnal animal. During the day, it sleeps in the hollow of a tree. Its head stays under the rest of its body. It eats fruits (such as mangoes), worms, frogs, and insects but sometimes birds and eggs.

When the Common Opossum feels a danger, it emits a bad smell.

The female births 5 to 9 young between 1 and 3 times the year. The newborn are kept in the mother’s pouch until they can survive on their own. Males take no part in raising the young. The Common Opossum live to the age of 2.5 years on average.