Thursday, November 11, 2010

Opossum Evening

I never know what I'll find outside my front door...






 

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16 comments :

yogurt said...

Poor little things - so ugly their momma's don't even love 'em.

Elizabeth said...

I have to admit that they completely give me the creeps!

Mel said...

Call me crazy, but I think they are very cute. And lovable. And somehow pitiful. We have had a lone possum or two in our yard over the years. One carried a pile of leaves with its tail to make a nest. Very cute. Do you know how short lived they are? Two to four years hardly seems fair. I wonder how any of them survive the midwest winters and roadways.
Great photos, thanks for sharing.

Hodgesb said...

They are mean. Our large boy cat, Mister fought with one one night over some cat food we had put on the porch for him. We had to take Mister to the vet for punture wonds and stiches. We don't put food on the porch for him when we leave anymore.

Birdwoman said...

'Possums visit our yard every night, along with raccoons and the occasional skunk. For the most part, we hardly even know they are there, but occasionally I'll encounter one of them late in the day or in the early morning. We coexist.

Lancashire rose said...

I don't think we know the half of what goes on out there at night. I was up very early one day and saw a skunk just meandering through sniffing here and there. I'm glad he left. Your possums are cute though.

TexasDeb said...

Ooof. I wonder what they think of us, hogging up their territory the way we do. But then if they don't live so long, maybe they aren't aware of what recent interlopers we are, all things considered?

I'd rather "know" they are out there than see for myself - I'll admit their toothiness creeps me out just a little.....

dianne said...

I think they are cute too, I have many possums in my garden,brush tail, ring tail and sugar gliders, they come out at night and feed on new shoots on plants, flowers, fruits and nectar.
xoxoxo ♡

Rosey said...

They are strange creatures, not exactly what I call cute. Ever eaten one? Some people do. I am not so sure about it.

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

I think they are so stinking cute and stinking stinky. We get them BIG in our hood and one of the bigger ones got into it with my neighbors lab...the dog almost died. Lacerations galore. He got the opossum in the end, though but not after he was sliced to ribbons by those 50 razor sharp teeth.

N2 said...

I was on the fence on the possum question, the face is cute but the tail distinctly ratty, until I found out they eat snails. I'm all for keeping the CA brown snail population in check. I had a family of them living in my compost pile for awhile. It seems they also eat worms, so a logical place for them to be.

Great snaps of your visitor, Kathleen! x0 N2

Vince said...

Honestly Kathleen, I'm not at all sure of this little guy at all.
There is something ethereal about him, and not in any good way.
Kinda Gollum-ish if you know what I mean.

LindaCTG said...

Oh, so cute! It's amazing that they aren't terribly shy around people. Good picture too!

Bob said...

That's about the nicest looking possum I've ever seen. After reading the other comments I find it amazing what people think they know about possums. A friend of mine had one for a pet when we were kids. It wandered off when it was about 4 yrs. old but came back for handouts for another six or so years. They are almost totally incapable of fighting any thing as they what? Play possum. Actually they faint and are in no way in control of doing it or not. When I find them here, I just push on them with my boot and they roll over in a faint. I just pick them up by the tail and put them in a cage and haul them down the road the next morning so the dog won't kill them.

Me said...

I usually don't like these critters, but this one is. . . cute!

Robin said...

OMG!!! He's GORGEOUS!!!! Did you know no 2 possums look alike? And, that this one has his dark dinner jacket on and there are others that are more light grey? And, by the looks of him, he's taking very good care of himself!!
Not many people know who their wild neighbors are!