Here's an ugly one! The oppossum, or me?

Customer Opossum Email: David, Please help me. I had a momma cat abandon 4 baby kitties in my garage and now there's a possum in there after them. I've gotten 2 of the babies in the house, but the other 2 are still out. I need help killing this possum, PLEASE. Do Possums move really fast in trees. I have a row of about 5 fichus trees in my backyard. For the last month at night, I have noticed all the trees moving and making a bunch of noise. I believe it is a possum but when they are in the yard they are real slow or playing possum. This possum if it is one is really fast in the trees. What do you think? Lisa

My Answer: I've never heard of opossums killing kittens. That's not what they do at all. Also, they are very slow, so the animal in the trees isn't likely an opossum. Why not keep the kittens somewhere safe, where no wild animal can get at them? You don't need to kill a possum - you can trap and relocate as an alternative.

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The opossum, also commonly called the possum, is actually named the Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), and it is the only marsupial native to North America. Possums have several unique traits. Most people know that they sometimes "play possum" which is a form of playing dead, and they also know that opossums can hang from their tails. But possums are unique in many other ways - they have a low body temperature that prevents many viruses and diseases from affecting them, that tail is prehensile (they can grip things with it) they have opposable thumbs, and they have 50 teeth, the most of any land mammal. They are very opportunistic and good climbers, which causes them to commonly break into decks, sheds, and attics, where they cause considerable damage, leave a lot of droppings, and they often die and stink in these areas. Thus, opossums are considered pest animals by many people, which is why I remove them. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Opossums page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or opossum control issues.

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