Monday, January 19, 2009

Opossum in the daytime

At around 2pm this afternoon, we saw an opossum in our yard. It seems to be living under our shed. We were surprised to see it out and about in the daytime because we thought they are nocturnal. However, from Stan Tekiela's book, "Mammals of Wisconsin: Field Guide," we found that they are nocturnal, but "can be seen during the day in the coldest part of winter." Stan Tekiela also says, "This is the only marsupial found north of Mexico," and "it does not hibernate." We enjoyed watching it in our yard today. Seeing opossums in the daytime is a nice treat this time of year!

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