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Not to be confused with the opossum that is found in North America and often called possum, the possum is native to Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi, and has been introduced in New Zealand and southern China. Nocturnal and omnivorous, they hide in their nests during the day and come out at night to forage for food. With 25 species of these medium-sized arboreal marsupials, there is plenty to do and learn in this category.

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Can opossums drown while playing possum?

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No, opossums cannot drown while playing possum. When an opossum plays dead, it enters a state of trance-like immobility to deter predators. They are not actually unconscious and can easily snap out of this state if they sense danger, including being submerged in water.

Is a possum an autotroph?

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If a possum plays dead is that a learned or behavioral adaptation?

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Playing dead is considered a behavioral adaptation in possums. It is a defense mechanism triggered by stress or fear, allowing the possum to appear unappealing to predators. This behavior is innate rather than learned.

What was the first animal to ever go extinct because of global warming?

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The Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent native to a low-lying island in Australia, is considered the first mammal to go extinct primarily due to climate change. Its habitat was severely affected by rising sea levels and increased frequency of extreme weather events caused by global warming.

What are the ecosystems in which possums live?

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Possums can be found in a variety of ecosystems, including forests, woodlands, grasslands, and urban areas. They are adaptable and can thrive in both natural and human-altered environments. Possums have a wide geographic distribution, with different species inhabiting regions such as Australia, North America, and South America.

Is a possum a herbivore or carnivore?

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Most species of possums in Australia are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter.

Possums commonly eat fruit (making them partly frugivorous), grains and seeds (granivorous), plant shoots and nectar. They have also been known to eat insects (meaning they are also insectivorous), small lizards, birds' eggs and sometimes even tiny chicks. Brush-tailed possums in New Zealand, to which they have been introduced, have even been seen to eat whole birds.

Possums' teeth are not the shape of a standard herbivore or carnivore, but have the specialised shape of an omnivore, which allow them to grasp, cut, slice and grind.

How do you determine the probability that four marksmen will all hit a target if each marksman usually hits the target 80 percent of the time?

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You can calculate this probability by multiplying the individual probabilities of each marksman hitting the target: 0.8 * 0.8 * 0.8 * 0.8. When you multiple these probabilities, you get 0.4096, or 40.96%. This is the probability that all four marksmen will hit the target.

Is it true that the average cockroach passes gas every 15 seconds?

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No, it is not true that the average cockroach passes gas every 15 seconds. Cockroaches do produce methane gas as a byproduct of digestion, but the frequency varies depending on factors like diet and activity level.

What is the scientific name for the mountain pygmy owl?

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The scientific name for the mountain pygmy owl is Glaucidium gnoma. It is a small owl species found in North and Central America, known for its round face and distinctive call.

What is the scientific name for a greater glider?

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The scientific name for the sugar glider is Petaurus breviceps The sugar glider is a small mammal, specifically a marsupial. Order: Diprodontia Family: Petauridae Genus Species: Petaurus (springboard used by acrobats) breviceps (short)

What is the scientific name for Brushtail Possums?

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There are several subspecies of brushtail possums, and all have the scientific name of Trichosurus. They are as follows:

  • Northern Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus arnhemensis
  • Coppery Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus johnstonii
  • Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula

There appears to be some overlapping of two subspecies, Short-eared Possum (Trichosurus caninus) and Mountain Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus cunninghami).

The scientific names of both are often commonly applied to the Mountain Brushtail possum.

When was Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats created?

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The Old Gumbie Cat (Jennyanydots)

Growltiger

Rum tum tugger

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteaser

Old Deutoronomy

Rumpus Cat (Pekes and the Pollicles)

Mr Mistoffoles

Macavity

Gus the theatre cat (Asparagus)

Bustopher Jones

Skimbleshanks

Cat Morgan (1952 edition)

The other poems that don't introduce cats are the naming of cats, the aweful battle of the pekes and the pollicles and the intervention of the great rumpus cat and the addressing of cats. Cat morgan does not appear in the musical and growltiger and pekes and the pollicles only appear in some productions.

Can you feed a possum regular milk?

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The best thing for a kitten who is without a nursing Queen is KMR, a kitten formula that is mixed with warm water. Where on earth are you getting possum milk?!

How clever are possums?

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They watch cats using the house door's cat flap, then use it for their own uses with the house eg eating the cat's biscuits and stealing fruit from the fruit bowl.

What type of marsupials are ring tailed possums?

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Ringtail possums belong to the Order Diprotodontia and the Suborder Phalangeriformes.

Is there any pictures of a mountain pygmy possum?

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A distribution map for the Mountain Pygmy Possum of Australia can be found at the related link below.

What is the diet of a possum?

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There are people who are licensed to take care of abandoned animal babies. Contact one in your area. Are these Org. listed somewhere, by Areacodes or Zipcodes, so when and if you have an emergency you can find the nearest one that can help with the type of animal that you may have found? If so, that would be really helpful. If anybody knows anything about a listing, or a number that could get you in touch with someone who could help, please add to this info. Thanks

Can opossums have rabies in Wisconsin?

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There are no possums in Ohio. 'Possum is the colloquial term for the opossum, which is quite unrelated to true possums.

Most possum species are found only in Australia or neighbouring New Zealand, where it has been introduced. Australia does not have rabies, so therefore it is quite safe to say that thes possums do not have rabies.

Opossums can be another matter. Whilst it is believed that any warm blooded mammal can get rabies, opossums' body temperatures are generally too low to harbour rabies. It would be extremely rare to see this, but there has been at least one documented case of a rabid possum.

What are all the different types of sugar gliders?

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Different types of gliders (as in the small gliding marsupials) include:

  • mahogany glider
  • feathertail glider
  • yellow-bellied glider
  • greater glider
  • squirrel glider
  • sugar glider

What kind of milk will substitute possum milk?

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Definitely not cows milk. Crush high protein cat food or dried mill worms, dilute in water to consistency of thick soup, and give in eye dropper.

Is the ringtail possum a solitary animal?

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There are several species of ringtail possum. The Common ringtail possum is, as its name suggests, very common. It can be found in both bushland and in suburbia.

What does stir the possum mean?

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incite, cause trouble, dissent, to raise controversial issues, create a disturbance.

How do i get rid of possum problem?

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here are some ways: 1.put a fence over ur lawn with a top 2. keep dogs outs there 3.keep cats out there 4.put bug spray,weedkiller and lawn waters on ur lawn all at the same timeput the sprayers on

What is the name for a possum in South America?

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* Leadbeater's possum * Ringtail possum * Brushtail possum * Pygmy possum * Feathertail glider * Greater glider * Lesser glider * Sugar glider * Cuscus