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ANOTHER NEW VISITOR TO MY GARDEN

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I took this picture from googling, but it looks like what was a few feet away from me this morning.  It was under a shrub, thought it was a giant rat before it scurried out and under the fence, so cute.  In the over thirty years I have lived in the area, I have never seen one before, have seen a huge bobcat, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, deer, all in my garden, must be a hole under a fence somewhere.

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@mousiegirl, what is it?

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You've never seen a 'possum?

 

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@Lilysmom wrote:

@mousiegirl, what is it?


 

 

 

@Lilysmom  A junior possumn, larger than a baby, but not an adult.

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baby possum.jpgI once found one in my kitchen! They are pretty common in Southern Claifornia, thoughnot  in tthe kitchen! 

 

Like you, I at first thought it was a big rat, becaue I had only seen adults before..

 

They ARE very cute when young, so cute, in fact, that my neighbors took it and raised it as a pet! It would sit on their shoulders..

 

Possums are gret to have around, they are naturlly resistnat to rabies, in fact, almost NEVER  get them, eat lots of ticks and things we dont want around..

 

They are North America's only marsupial, and they have a prehensile tail..

 

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@mousiegirl ~ An opossum!  They live in burrows, love to hang out in trees. and prefer areas that are wet, like marshes, swamps and streams.  (Love Google!)

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@mousiegirl ~ An opossum!  They live in burrows, love to hang out in trees. and prefer areas that are wet, like marshes, swamps and streams.  (Love Google!)


 

 

@AKgirl  They also must like dry areas such as this area, but there is a creek across the road.  They even show up in neighborhoods along with raccoons and skunks. 

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@mothertrucker wrote:

baby possum.jpgI once found one in my kitchen! They are pretty common in Southern Claifornia, thoughnot  in tthe kitchen! 

 

Like you, I at first thought it was a big rat, becaue I had only seen adults before..

 

They ARE very cute when young, so cute, in fact, that my neighbors took it and raised it as a pet! It would sit on their shoulders..

 

Possums are gret to have around, they are naturlly resistnat to rabies, in fact, almost NEVER  get them, eat lots of ticks and things we dont want around..

 

They are North America's only marsupial, and they have a prehensile tail..

 

I am a fan!


 

 

 

@mothertrucker  As soon as it scurried from the shrub and I saw the white face, I knew immediately what it was. Smiley Happy  Of course, one of my little dogs went nuts, whimpering because she could see it but couldn't get to it, lol.

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@mousiegirl@Lilysmom  It is a once in a lifetime experience to see a Possum.  I saw one and it scared me at first because it is so unusual looking and they live underground.  I saw a fully grown one and it was pretty big.   They are more afraid of you than you of them.  

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@mousiegirl@Lilysmom  It is a once in a lifetime experience to see a Possum.  I saw one and it scared me at first because it is so unusual looking and they live underground.  They are more afraid of you than you of them.  


 

 

 

@KatCat1  "So, possums can climb trees but they do not live in trees. ... Their den can be an abandoned burrow, an underground tunnel, the cavities in hollow trees, the nests abandoned by squirrels, the crawl spaces under houses, some hidden spaces in buildings which are dark, attics, or any other dark space which they can find."