I looked up the other afternoon to see a large opossum marching down our driveway. The weather had warmed up and he had a determined step, as he headed out towards the big road. Then a couple of days later, a few miles from home, I passed another opossum trundling along the edge of the roadside. Were they both headed to the same place? A convention?
I’ve always delighted in possums, although they are not as popular as one might suppose. Perhaps the tail, or the 50 teeth– they are an unusual creature (and the only marsupial in N. America). The National Opossum Society shines a light on possum mysteries, as does “Opossum Faq’s” , from John Craton’s ‘Possum Pages. Opossums are at their northern most extension in MI, sometimes getting their little bare tails frostbit. Mammals of Michigan Field Guide, (an amazing book!) and Michigan Mammals provided some clues, and Youth Services has several opossum books. My favorite being,