Brazilian Short-tailed Opossum
The Brazilian short-tailed opossum is a small marsupial with soft gray-brown fur and a long, prehensile tail. Unusual for a marsupial, it does not have a pouch in which it carries its young. Instead, the newborns attach themselves to the mother's teats, which are located in a circle on the abdomen.
Active at night, the short-tailed opossum relies on its exceptional senses of smell and hearing for navigation. It is a very good climber with the help of smooth pads on its feet and toes.
Where to see them:
4 to 8 in
2.8 to 5 oz
2 to 6 yrs
Forest and human dwellings
Small rodents, insects, scorpions, earthworms