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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,...

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...

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...

Robinsons 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...

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....

Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana
2012-07-10 18:36:55

The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial that occurs north of Mexico in North America. It is commonly known as the North American opossum and as “tlacuache” in Mexico. It is often seen in or near human settlements, foraging through waste for food.  Its range includes Central and North America, east of the Rockies, and from Costa Rica to southern areas of Ontario,...

Derbys Woolly Opossum Caluromys derbianus
2012-07-10 14:20:57

Derby's woolly opossum (Caluromys derbianus), also known as the Central American woolly opossum, can be found in Central America. Its range includes Colombia, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Although its range extends across many areas, it is not widely distributed.  It prefers habitats in lowland and highland rain forests at altitudes of up to...

White-eared Opossum
2007-12-18 15:02:31

The White-eared Opossum (Didelphis albiventris), is a species of opossum from South America. It is found throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. It is a terrestrial and, sometimes, arboreal animal, and a habitat generalist, living in a wide range of different habitats. It's an omnivorous animal, feeding on invertebrates, small...

Water Opossum Yapok
2007-12-18 14:56:27

The Water Opossum (Chironectes minimus), also locally known as the Yapok, is a marsupial of the family Didelphidae. This creature is found in the freshwater streams and lakes in Mexico, Central and South America to Argentina, and is the only living aquatic marsupial. It spends its days in bank-side burrows and emerges after dark to swim and search for fish, crustaceans and other aquatic...

Gray Short-tailed Opossum
2006-12-12 12:40:12

The Grey Short-tailed Opossum (Monodelphis domestica) is a small member of the Didelphidae family of opossums. It is found in South America, in Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. It is also frequently found in the exotic pet trade. It is also known as the Brazilian Opossum or Rainforest Opossum.

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