Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Twitter Page #PossumEveryHour Is Showing A Side Of Possums Many Don't See.

Many people are afraid of opossums. Some think of a gross, creepy, ugly creature with beady eyes and sharp teeth when they hear the word "possum". But opossums are none of those things. Thanks to the Twitter page #PossumEveryHour, a whole new light is being shed on these creatures of the night. If you've heard of nothing but negative things about these interesting and helpful animals, keep reading to learn a little bit of truth that will most likely make you feel completely different.

Average Litter Of Opossum is 8 or 9 Babies

Eleven to thirteen days after mating, the female opossum may birth 20 babies, but the average litter is 8 to 9 babies. At birth, the embryonic-looking pink babies are so tiny that 20 of them could fit into a teaspoon.

They Can't Control Whether or Not They Play Dead

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of opossums is their ability to play dead when they become scared. What most people don't realize is that they have no control of this! In fact, it's actually an automatic response to stress, so if you see a possum playing dead, back away because you're stressing it out.

They Have a Natural Immunity to Some Nasty Diseases

One of the biggest things people are scared of when it comes to possums is the rumor that they carry Lyme disease and rabies. That's right, those are just rumors. Opossums actually have an immunity to these diseases and are actually eight times less likely to carry the disease than a dog!

They Actually Help Prevent the Spread of Lyme Disease

One of the possums greatest food sources are ticks, which are well-known for carrying Lyme disease. Because of their affinity to eat these nasty little bugs, there are a lot fewer ticks out there than there would be without possums. According to the National Wildlife Federation, one possum can eat up to 5,000 ticks in a season!

They Have an Impeccable Memory

According to researchers, a possum can remember the exact route they took to find food. In fact, their memory is even better than a pig or a rat! Also, they can remember eating something poisonous up to one year after eating it!

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