The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Didelphis viriniana
Family: Didelphidae

Omnivore / Prey
Native to Virginia

Opossum Factsheet

Virginia Opossum


Also known as a possum, the Virginia opossum is a white-haired, worm-tailed mammal commonly found within the James River Park System. The opossum is a nocturnal omnivore, eating both plants and animals such as snakes, insects, other small mammals, and fruits.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

Another resident of the park and its surrounding neighborhoods. Truth be told however, the opossum probably likes upland habitats with garbage cans as much as wet, riverine environments. We recorded them at two locations and not as often as you would expect.

Young opossum foraging from Science in the Park on Vimeo.

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