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.
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.
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!