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Opossum (aka Possum) is an animal that about the size of a cat, weighing from six to twelve pounds.
Can be 2 feet long, maybe a couple of inches longer.  As a story is retold, one whose is startled by a frightened Opossum, its weight and length tend to grow, but they are generally around 2 feet in length.
The Opossum is a marsupial which has more teeth than any other mammal in North America.
This animal has black eyes and white skin; its fur is not exactly luxurious in thickness.
When frightened, the Opossum will either faint (playing possum,) run away or stand its ground.
If it decides not to run, the Opossum will stand stff-legged (a stance used by many animals), bare its teeth and hiss, often drooling as it does so.
Many a person has startled an Opossum, making it respond with baring its teeth while hissing and drooling -- making the person think they have found a world record rat.  Only an Opossum.
Keeping pet foods picked up before nightfall and keeping tightly closed lid on trash containers is excellent prevention method for keeping this animal off your property.
If one does happen to becme a problem in a structure or in your lawn or garden, trapping is your best removal method..  We have not seen a possum repellent that consistently works.
The Opossum is fairly easy to capture in a live trap, compared to many other wild animals.
Use sardines, canned cat food, chicken (raw or cooked) or any other tasty food for bait.
To trap a possum, use a trap sized for capturing cats or skunks.

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