Interesting fact: the Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is the only marsupial species found in North America.
The Virginia 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 Virginia opossumA young / baby of a Virginia opossum is called a 'joey'. The females are called 'jill' and males 'jack'.
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 7 years
Female maturity :184 days
Male maturity : 243 days
Gestation : 12 days
Weaning : 102 days
Litter size : 15
Interval between litters : 122 days
Weight at weaning : 0.143 kg (0.3146 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 5 W
Body mass : 2.847 kg (6.2634 lbs)
Temperature : 34.85 °C (94.73 °F)