Opossums are Iowa’s only marsupial, meaning they carry their young in a pouch. Opossums are gray or cream-colored, with a long bare tail that is very flexible. They weigh between 4 to 12 pounds. They are shy and secretive and mostly nocturnal. They are not aggressive and will try to climb trees to escape, and occasionally they will act dead. This is where the term “playing opossum”, originates from
Opossums do most of their breeding in February and March, with a secondary season in late May and June after the first litter is weaned. They have between 5 to 13 young, with an average of 9 per litter
Opossums, like raccoons, are omnivores and will eat just about anything.