A few of the common nocturnal mammals are back at the bird bath after having been absent for several weeks of cold weather in January.
I observed this on Old County Home Road in Asheville, NC on February 8, 2016 at about 10 am. It appears that it was hit by a car and the car only ran over its head. It didn't appear to have worms or any other parasites that were visible.
Not sure what happened to kill this animal. Since it was in the street would seem likely hit by a car but am wondering about the bricks and concrete near its body. Hope that people did not kill this animal deliberately. There is so much misunderstanding about Possums.
Eating out of the trash can
Discovered recently deceased specimen of Didelphis virginia californica lying in the bottom of Apache Canyon. No signs of trauma and I suspect it may have froze due to several cold fronts earlier in the week.
UTM: 12R 479530 3488114
Tlacuache, zarigüeya (Didelphis virginiana)
Opossums (colloquially possums) (Didelphimorphia, /daɪˌdɛlfɨˈmɔrfiə/) make up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere, including 103 or more species in 19 genera. They are also commonly called possums, though that term technically refers to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes. The Virginia opossum was the first animal to be named an opossum; usage of the name was published in 1610. The word opossum was borrowed from the Virginia Algonquian (Powhatan) language in the form...