07 Apr '17, 6pm

Give Opossums a Break - National Wildlife Federation

Why it makes sense to make way for opossums in your garden 03-30-2015 // Michael Lipske OFTEN REVILED AS RAT-TAILED, beady-eyed, trash-eating pests, opossums could be viewed as the Rodney Dangerfields of the animal kingdom: They just don’t get respect. Leann Kanda of New York’s Ithaca College has studied and admires the species, but she concedes that cute, fuzzy baby opossums grow up to become “pretty ugly little beasts.” Why such a bad rap? “I think it’s their tail,” says William Krause , professor of anatomy at the University of Missouri–Columbia and an ardent fan of opossums. One look at that long, naked appendage and people instantly think “rat,” an association not to the opossum’s advantage. Yet the tail itself is much to the opossum’s advantage, serving as a veritable fifth limb. Like monkeys, opossums can wrap their tails around branches to help them climb trees. Th...

Full article: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/A...

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