|Large American opossums|
|Virginia opossum Didelphis virginiana|
Didelphis is a genus of New World mammals. The six species in the genus Didelphis, commonly known as large American opossums, are members of the order Didelphimorphia. The genus is composed of cat-sized omnivorous species, which can be recognized by their prehensile tails and their tendency to "play possum" (feign death) when cornered. The largest species, the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), is the only marsupial to be found in North America north of Mexico.
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