This opossum was outside of my chicken's house. There was a cracker in the cage that it got trapped in.
Found on Arizona Scenic Highway 83 in the northbound lane, near milepost 53. Adult female. We also found the presence of hairless babies (pregnant?). Photographed by SIA volunteer Charlotte Cook.
Comment on the ID: In the Madrean Sky Islands and Sonora, Mexico this opossum is called tlacuache, or Mexican brown-nosed opossum, and I believe it is classified as Didelphis virginiana, subspecies californica. Evidence of these opossum expanding further north into Arizona have been documented. Anyone know more about the genetics of these?
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...