1/1 – Virginia Opossum, Hoydens Hill

While birding Hoydens Hill on January first, Jim Orrico and I came across a Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), perched low in the shrubby growth. This species is the only marsupial found in the United States and Canada. When we first encountered this guy, it appeared to be playing dead (as ‘possums so often do) be laying limp on the branch and remaining unmoving as we stood there. Eventually, it ceased the act and began staring us down intently, and also checking out the surrounding area. We discerned this animal to be a young one based on its overall size and coloration, although my experience with these beasts is rather limited and thus I could be perfectly wrong on that designation.

Virginia Opossum, Hoydens Hill, CT Virginia Opossum, Hoydens Hill, CT

Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum

It was the first time I’d ever seen one of these guys alive in Fairfield, and a cool experience to boot!

-Alex

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5 Responses to 1/1 – Virginia Opossum, Hoydens Hill

  1. Helen says:

    Do you think the ‘possum had frostbite on its ears? I’ve never seen one with red ears like that. Maybe it was hungry too. Poor thing! Glad you got to see one though! –Helen

  2. Laura Mowrey says:

    That is a very ill possum….see the ears? That is DSN, dermal septic necrosis and will kill the animal if left untreated :(

  3. Becca Goins says:

    Wonderful and amazing creatures…. I have 5 that live with me. So misunderstood.

  4. Sherrie says:

    I am originally from Connecticut and find this hard to believe that this could be related to exceedingly cold temperatures unlike the state of Maine. Winters in Connecticut are mild. Looks like an injury that became infected. I would hope that the person who took this photo had contacted a veterinarian or animal control. A drop of Iodine on both ears
    should do the trick!

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