Essential Facts That All Homeowners in Opossum-Prone Areas Should Know

Opossums are the only marsupial-based species currently known to be native to the United States. Known also as simply “possum”, these creatures are often feared and there are many misconceptions surrounding the animals.

If you are a homeowner that resides in an area where opossums are known to live, it is imperative that you take the time to learn what you are able to about the animals. In doing so, you will better know how to handle an encounter or an invasion of the species.

In this brief guide, we will introduce you to a few simple facts about opossums and will provide you with information on how to handle these creatures.


Opossums are generally about the size of a cat. Their fur is often a dull-colored gray or a combination of gray and brown. The face is white and they have a long protruding nose. The fur covering the body is long and the tail is long and scaly.

It closely resembles the tail of a rat. It can weigh anywhere from as little as 4 pounds to as much as 30 pounds – depending on its age and overall size.

They may be as small as 4 inches or as long as 20 inches. They have four legs and even though they are capable of moving quickly, they often move relatively slow.

Are They Dangerous?

Yes, the opossum is considered to be dangerous based on the fact that they have the capability of carrying and transmitting a large variety of diseases. Examples include spotted fever, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, and tuberculosis.

Opossums do try to avoid conflict. They will often engage in the process of “playing possum” if they feel threatened. They may even growl and hiss.

While doing so, they will often display their teeth – which are very, very sharp. Should a bite occur, it would be extremely painful and could result in the development of a serious wound and/or an infection.


If you develop an opossum infestation, you will likely observe these creatures near outdoor trash cans, outdoor pet food and water bowls, and throughout your lawn during the night. These creatures may also find their way into your home.

You may hear rustling sounds, your dog may bark consistently throughout the night, and you may even come face-to-face with an opossum.

If you feel as if your property or – even worse – your home is suffering from an opossum infestation, you should consult an animal removal company for a home inspection to confirm your suspicion.

Opossum Removal

You should avoid direct contact with an opossum. This is simply due to the risk associated with contracting a potentially serious disease or experiencing a bite from the creature. It is best to have a wildlife extraction service provider come in to handle the situation.

We here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors are capable of removing these creatures from both your property and your home. We are not only trained to handle opossums, but we have the tools to do it quickly and safely. For more information, contact us today by calling: 855-465-1088

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