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Meet Snippet McTail the Opossum!

Watch the video to learn more about Snippet McTail, the opossum, who came to Centre Wildlife Care injured, and now serves as an educational animal for the group.
Robyn Graboski has cared for a large variety of animals at Centre Wildlife Care, including opossums, and she brought one of them with her on the set.
 
Opossums are colloquially called “possums”, but as Robyn explains those are technically two different animals.  Opossums are the largest order of marsupials in the western hemisphere.  There are several species of opossums and they range in size from a small mouse to a large house cat. 
 
They have very strong immune systems, in fact, they are immune to the venom of rattle snakes, cotton mouths and pit vipers, and very rarely do they have rabies. 
 
Opossums are nocturnal and favor dark and secure areas.  When threatened, they will “play possum”, which is actually an involuntary reaction, almost like fainting.  Their bodies get stiff, and can be touched or moved without any reaction.  They also emit a smell of a dead or injured animal.  It can take an opossum several hours to regain consciousness. 
 
Opossums use their tail like a fifth limb.  It assists them while climbing, or in gathering materials for their nest.  Opossums are also the only marsupials to have opposable thumbs on their hind feet.
 
Watch the video to learn more about Snippet McTail, the opossum, who came to Centre Wildlife Care injured, and now serves as an educational animal for the group.
 
 
For more information:
Centre Wildlife Care
PO Box 572
Lemont, PA 16851
(814) 692-0004
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