Opossum

Florida's only marsupial is the Virginia opossum . Opossums are about the size of a house cat, have long naked tails and small ears. Opossums occur throughout the state in virtually all habitats. If threatened they may go limp and appear dead, hence "playing possum". Opossums are common in residential and suburban areas, and are most active at night.

Opossums are attracted to virtually any type of available food, including garbage, pet food, or cultivated fruits and vegetables. To prevent attraction of opossums garbage cans should be secured with rubber straps, and pet food should be taken in at night.

A landowner may lawfully live-trap nuisance opossums using sardines or cat food as effective bait. Wildlife may not be lawfully relocated without an FWC permit and permission from the private property owner.
 

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