The other evening we were sitting out on the patio, and were surprised by an opossum. The little guy froze when he realized we were there. So, we sat quietly for a few minutes and watched him as he waddled back into the woods. I guess he was just a young joey out for a late evening stroll.
This is what I found out about them:
Commonly known as possums, they are the only marsupial native to the United States. They are closely related to the Kangaroo and Koala. They are light gray in color and basically look like big rats. Opossums have five toes on each foot and a tail with no fur. The opossum’s long pink tail is prehensile, meaning it can be used as a fifth hand.
Opossums are non-aggressive and non-destructive. They do not dig into the soil or destroy property. They will not harm people or pets. However, they are wild animals and should not be handled. An opossum will use its 50 pointy teeth to defend itself if necessary.Read more: http://www.pestworldforkids.org/opossums.html
I also found this cool photo taken by Frank Lukasseck/Corbis.