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Where are opossums found?
December 13, 2008 6:30AM
Opossums are found in North America,while the "water opossums" or yapok is found in central and South America. The creature known as the possum in Australia and New Guinea is actually a quite different animal.
Asked in Brazil, Opossums, Brazilian History
Are opossums found in Brazil?
Yes, opossums are found in Brazil. Two species of opossums found in Brazil are the Brazilian gray short tailed opossum [Monodelphis domestica] and the Brazilian slender opossum [Marmosops paulensis]. The short-tailed opossum is found in Brazil, Boliva, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. The slender opossum is found in Brazil.
Asked in Opossums
What group are opossums?
All opossums are marupials. There are three different kinds of opossums. The first is the standard New World opossums. These are in the order Didelphimorphia, which contains only one family, Didelphidae. The second is shrew opossums, which belong to the order Paucituberculata, which also contains only one family, Caenolestidae. Finally, there are Australian opossums, known as possums. They belong to the order Diprotodontia, and are found in the families Phalangeridae, Burramyidae, Tarsipedidae, Petauridae, Pseudocheiridae, and Acrobatidae.
Asked in Marsupials, Opossums, Possums
Where do opossums live?
Opossums are found only in North America. Many people confuse opossums with possums. Possums are different to opossums, and not even closely related at all. Possums belong to the family Phalangeridae and order Marsupialia, while opossums belong to the order Didelphimorphia, although they are also marsupials. Therefore: True opossums are found only in North America, although there is a "water possum", also known as the yapok, which is found in central and South America. Possums are found in New Guinea, Australia (including Tasmania), Sulawesi (Indonesia) and a few other small islands in the Pacific region. Although not native to New Zealand, the brush-tailed possum was introduced into that country over a century ago and has subsequently become a pest.
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Which opossums do not have a pouch?
Why are opossums and raccoons primarily found in cemeteries?
Opossums and raccoons are NOT primarily found in cemeteries. In most small cities and rural areas in most US States, opossums and raccoons are frequent backyard visitors, along with deer and bears, especially if homeowners leave bird feeders, nuts, or uncovered garbage containers. Opossums and raccoons will just as soon eat birdseed straight from the bag if stored in an open garage than wrestling to remove a garbage can lid.
Asked in Marsupials
What is the only marsupial found outside Australasia?