Opossum sighting in Ancaster

It’s February 14th, 2021, and where I live in Southern Ontario we have had a big dump of snow overnight.

This has exposed an entrance to someone’s home under our deck. I highly suspect it’s an Opossum. We have seen one at night on warmer nights scavenging for food. I consider this a great thing and do not consider it to be a pest in any way. They sure are odd-looking creatures though.

TIP: Opossums and possums are different animals. Opossums live in North America, while possums live in Australia and other countries. Both animals are marsupials, but possums are more closely related to kangaroos.

Opossum sighting in Ancaster
Opossum hole

Opossums eat dead animals, insects, rodents, and birds. They also feed on eggs, frogs, plants, fruits, and grain. As they are scavengers they will eat just about anything.

Opossum droppings average 1–2″ in length, are smooth on the sides, and maybe covered in white or yellowish mold growth. Fresh opossum droppings are brown in color.

Opossum sighting in Ancaster

Opossum FAQ

  • Are Opossums dangerous to humans?

    If there is an opossum in your backyard, don’t worry. They aren’t a threat, and more than likely they will be moving on in a short while, but far from being a nuisance, opossums can be beneficial for your garden, eating snails, slugs, insects, and sometimes even small rodents.

  • Are Opossums good to have around?

    Opossums are beneficial in eating unwanted pests around your home and garden such as snails, slugs, spiders, cockroaches, rats, mice, and snakes. Opossums are free gardeners!

  • What happens if you touch an opossum?

    If your touch an opossum with your bare hands, chances are that it might bite you and you could get infected with numerous serious diseases, rabies being one of them. Opossums are a species of animals that can carry and transmit rabies, which happens through bites

  • Is having an opossum good to have around your house?

    As a homeowner, you may see opossums as unwanted pests, but they can also be helpful critters. On one hand, having opossums around can be beneficial because they are known to eat harmful insects and annoying pests such as cockroaches, rats and snakes

  • Where do possums sleep?

    They sleep during the day in a den in a hollow tree or in an abandoned rodent burrow. When opossums are attacked, they will “play possum,” pretending that they are dead; they remain still, they do not blink, and their tongue hangs out.

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4 thoughts on “Opossum sighting in Ancaster”

  1. Have you seen it coming and going? If it’s the same one I met in your yard last summer, it was a very cute and un-rat-like opossum.
    (I have opossum and possum interchangeably – oops!)

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  2. I enjoyed reading about your new outdoor pet! I think that is super cool that you are not trying to relocate or kill him! 🙂 YAY! I think they are super cute creatures but have never seen one! You should install a camera for a few days & get some live videos!

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