Monday Mammal #12: Virginia Opossum

Monday, August 2, 2010 at 12:44 AM Bookmark and Share
Mammals, you may recall, are often categorized into two groups: the Prototheria (monotremes like this one) and Theria (live bearing mammals). Within the Theria, there are the marsupials and placentals - the former being woefully neglected so far on this blog!  So to give the marsupials a bit more coverage, I present you with everyone's favorite (and least favorite) North American marsupial, the largest (and the smallest) marsupial north of Mexico, the one, the only... Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana).

You can learn more about these cool critters here, via the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


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