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A complete muddle of 14, for instance, weighs lower than 1 ounce (28 g) and will simply slot in a soupspoon! The newborns stay within the pouch, nursing on their mother’s milk. Do opossums desire baby-sitters? No. even if the opossum mom is out trying to find foodstuff each evening, her younger trip along with her. For the 1st months or so, she consists of them in her pouch. After that, they move slowly out of her pouch and hitch rides on her again for a number of weeks extra. via that point, the approximately full-sized opossums are able to do their very own evening nutrients amassing! What do opossums devour? Small mice, worms, bugs, end result, roots, and nuts. a specific favourite of small, treedwelling opossums is the fruit of the persimmon tree. while persimmons are ripe, a few opossums spend the full evening in a tree, stuffing themselves with the fruit. who're the opossum’s enemies? Owls, coyotes, foxes, canine, and cats. while threatened, an opossum lies on its aspect, unmoving, with eyes closed and tongue putting out. because it seems to be useless, predators go away the opossum on my own. Now you recognize the beginning of the expression “playing possum,” this means that pretending to be lifeless or injured while at risk. 24 Virginia opossums 25 What evening creatures hunt for nutrition in rubbish cans? Raccoons. those who stay in or close to towns will consume nearly something. those “masked bandits” have the fantastic skill to damage into even the main securely locked trash boxes with their long-fingered entrance paws. within the wild, raccoons wish to seek close to water for frogs, crayfish, and turtles. these faraway from water continue to exist berries, nuts, corn, mice, and insects—things no longer often present in rubbish cans! Why do raccoons stopover at an analogous spots each evening? It’s more straightforward than discovering new locations at nighttime. whilst day breaks, raccoons often go back to an analogous position to sleep, too. kingdom raccoons mattress down between tree roots or in a hole tree. If there aren't any timber, the raccoons sleep in nests they make in excessive grass. urban raccoons make their houses close to people’s homes—in sheds, drainpipes, or attics. Raccoons 26 Are raccoons endangered animals? on no account. in truth, raccoons are becoming in quantity simply because they could dwell virtually anyplace and consume nearly whatever. Raccoons adapt good to diversified habitats—wilderness, farm, or city—and to diversified climates—from icy chilly to tropical. The raccoons’ lengthy grey fur with black counsel is camouflage that retains them good hidden from their enemies. but, if attacked, those evening creatures develop into powerful, risky opponents. 27 What evening creatures are well-known for his or her lousy scent? Skunks. whilst anxious or less than assault, a skunk sends out a horrible-smelling spray from its rear-end odor glands. the main ordinary skunk has black fur with vivid white stripes from its nostril to the end of its fluffy tail. different skunks are a superior colour or have spots. Skunks stay simply in North and South the United States. They hunt at evening in wooded parts for bugs, mice, eggs, fruit, and the rotting flesh of lifeless animals. What occurs earlier than a skunk sprays? It offers a caution.