December 19, 2013

Looking for a free lunch

Looking for a free lunch by ricmcarthur
Looking for a free lunch, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This small opossum was scrounging under the bird feeders in search of a free lunch.
The temperatures were above freezing today which probably encouraged him to come out.
They are omnivores and they eat insects, snails, rodents, berries, fruit, grasses, leaves, carrion, snakes, bird and waterfowl eggs, corn and all other vegetables.
This photo was taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

Scientific stuff
Didelphis virginiana
They are North America's only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal.
A female can bear up to 14 young and when they are born the entire litter can fit onto a teaspoon.
Opossums are active year round and do not hibernate; however during extreme weather they may stay in dens for weeks at a time using up stored body fats.

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