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2009-08-26 17:00:00

A 61-year-old Washington state man says he accidentally shot himself in the leg while chasing an opossum that had been terrorizing his chickens.

2008-04-30 16:39:41

A legless lizard, knobby horned toad and mini-woodpecker have come out of hiding in Brazil, where scientists recently spotted the basket of probable new species. With a pointed snout and missing legs, the new Bachia lizard species looks like a slithering snake.


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Andean White Eared Possum, Didelphis pernigra
2013-09-27 10:41:06

The Andean white-eared possum (Didelphis pernigra) is a species of marsupial that is native to South America. Its range extends from Bolivia to Venezuela through the Andes Mountains. It is thought to prefer a habitat in secondary forests and agricultural areas. There is not much known about the habits of the species, but it is thought to be in danger of crossbreeding in some areas of its range, although there are no major threats to the species as a whole. It occurs in many protected areas...

Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum, Thylamys elegans
2013-05-02 10:37:28

The elegant fat-tailed mouse opossum (Thylamys elegans) can be found in Chile and possibly Argentina at altitudes between sea level and 8,202 feet. It prefers a wide variety of habitats including brushlands, riverbanks, and cloud forests. This species occurs in arid habitats, which is not typical to mouse opossums. The elegant fat-tailed mouse opossum can reach an average body length of up to 4.7 inches, with a tail length between 4.5 and 5.5 inches. The fur color of this species varies...

Grey Slender Opossum, Marmosops incanus
2013-05-02 10:34:31

The grey slender opossum (Marmosops incanus) can be found in South America, in a small range that includes only Brazil. Its preferred habitat includes both primary and secondary forests, humid lowland coastal areas at elevations between 2,624 and 4,265 feet. This species can only breed once per year, and displays an odd method of breeding. During this period, males will breed just before they die in a method known as semelparous breeding. It is thought that the grey slender opossum occurs in...

Robinson’s Mouse Opossum, Marmosa robinsoni
2013-05-02 10:31:06

Robinson’s mouse opossum (Marmosa robinsoni) can be found in Colombia, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Grenada, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago. This species prefers a large variety of habitats including mangrove, lowland, and montane forests and savannahs or shrublands.  It can occur at elevations between sea level and 8,530 feet. Robinson’s mouse opossum is thought to occur in home ranges of up to 269 square feet, although pregnant females will reduce their home ranges...

Grey Four-eyed Opossum, Philander opossum
2012-07-10 18:41:08

The grey four-eyed opossum (Philander opossum) is native to Central and South America. Its range extends from southern Mexico to Peru and from Bolivia to southwestern Brazil. It prefers a habitat within disturbed, primary, and secondary forests, typically at altitudes between sea level and 3,280 feet. In these habitats, it is most commonly found near water, although it can live in drier areas. The grey four-eyed opossum derives its name from the distinct patch of white fur on its forehead...

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