Gray short-tailed opossums have a diet that mainly consist of insects due to their high need of protein, they will also eat a variety of fruit and vegetable matter. As a pet they are fed fruit, mealworms, and kitten chow. They have opposable toes and on their hind legs they have an opposable big toe that works much like the way a human thumb would work. They also use their tail as another limb. They have smooth pads on their toes and feet that enables them to climb up really smooth surfaces such as glass. Dogs and
Interesting fact: The Gray short-tailed opossum was the first marsupial to have its genome sequenced.
The Gray short-tailed opossum is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the gray shorttailed opossumA young / baby of a gray shorttailed opossum is called a 'joey'. The females are called 'jill' and males 'jack'.
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 0.105 kg (0.231 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 5 years
Female maturity :122 days
Male maturity : 122 days
Gestation : 15 days
Weaning : 53 days
Litter size : 9
Interval between litters : 53 days
Weight at weaning : 0.02 kg (0.044 lbs)
Body mass : 0.104 kg (0.2288 lbs)
Temperature : 32.85 °C (91.13 °F)