Like the raccoon, they’re a very opportunistic creature. They feed primarily on food left out by people for example: pet food, garbage cans, individual waste or another food which may be readily available. They are able to have litters at almost any time of the year. Opossum litters usually consist of around 10 young in each litter. They stay in their mothers pouch for the first month or two of life. They spend the next few months riding on her back until she eventually urges them off to stake their own land. They’re very much a solitary creature from that point on.
As a defense mechanism, opossums may bare their teeth and growl at anyone that gets too close. This is usually the most competitive behavior that they’ll demonstrate. Opossums are best known for their defense mechanisms of “playing opossum”. Their body becomes stiff and they secrete a foul odor from anal glands that imitates the smell of a dead, decaying animal. This hopefully scaring off any potential threat to their safety.
Opossums main living space usually is made up of any confined area with easy access. They rarely create their own entrance point, if it takes too much effort. They will use holes created by other animals, open ground vents, holes in damaged soffits or additional spaces available in or around your home. They are also carriers for fleas as well as several other parasites which can be transmitted to pets and humans. Many times, a pet infested with fleas may be a sign that you may have a visitor staying in or around your home.
Opossum elimination is similar to that of many other animals that invade our homes and property. This can be best accomplished through live trapping, relocation of the animal and closing from all other entry points by Naples Wildlife Control. Limiting all food sources outside will even help keep these animals from attempting to enter your home. Including feeding pets inside and procuring your garbage cans, as they may provide a simple meal for a hungry opossum. On your property, a wildlife relocation specialist may be able to Assist you in shifting your unwanted visitor.