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This young Virginia Opossum looks like here is praying but...

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Caption: This young Virginia Opossum looks like here is praying but he really has just stuck a grape in his mouth from a “bird” feeding tray.
Scientific name: Didelphis virginiana (formerly D. marsupialis)
Location: Stephens City, Virginia
Copyright: © Ann & Rob Simpson
AGPix ID: AGPix_RoAnSi18_0081
Photo Alignment: 35mm (vertical)
Comments: The Yoda like expression can change quickly on an opossum as they will bear their 50 teeth and drool at the mouth when provoked. They have the largest number of teeth of any land mammal in North America. However their best act is going into a catatonic like state and playing dead (playing possum). After the predator leaves, the opossum will waddle away. They are widespread in North America but are particularly associated with the southeast. They can be seen in most of the parks and refuges like Shenandoah National Park, Okefenokee and Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife refuge.

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Stephens City VA 22655-9607

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