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RUIZ-PINA, Hugo A and CRUZ-REYES, Alejandro. The opossum Didelphis virginiana as a synanthropic reservoir of Trypanosoma cruzi in Dzidzilché, Yucatán, México. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz. [online]. July 2002, vol.97, no.5 [cited 18 May 2005], p.613-620. Available from World Wide Web: <http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0074-02762002000500003&lng=en&nrm=iso>. ISSN 0074-0276.
"It is often seen near towns, rummaging through garbage cans, or dead by the side of the road." Aw jeez, is this the best that can be said about the poor beasties? Jquarry 06:26, 18 September 2006 (UTC)
The Virginia Opossum female usually has 13 nipples, twelve arranged in a circle with an additional one in the middle. http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azopssum.html
- Dead link. Try http://web.archive.org/web/20061211162129/http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azopssum.html to get archive copy. Terry Carroll 20:25, 18 July 2007 (UTC)
PIE(or mistaken rat/disease analogy) be a significant reason why so many of them are killed on the road? Shanoman 22:02, 14 December 2006 (UTC)Shanoman
I removed the statement "(the most among land mammals)that refered to its teeth, the numbat has 2 more teeth than the Virginia opossum. Zantaggerung 16:26, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
I don't think it is an accurate statement that Opossums will, "will defend themselves viciously".
NantucketNoon 08:45, 12 May 2007 (UTC)
'[T]he reaction [of 'playing dead'] seems to be quite non-voluntary, and to be triggered by extreme fear.'
'...[C}an and will defend themselves viciously...'
These are conflicting statements. Please show some reference to the Opossum 'defend[ing]... viciously'.
NantucketNoon 17:31, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
Something about opossum origins in S. America while it was an island continent, and its being one of the very few successful reverse migrators (S to N) might be in order. --Wetman 06:15, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
Well, removing the roadkill opossum photo without explanation, was rude
Native to the eastern United States
Currently the "Range" section says that the animal was originally native to the eastern United States.
It seems superfluous for the article leader to state that this animal is typically found in the road as a victim of roadkill. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:19, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
Could we add this to the article? Di: two + Delphus: womb. From Greek. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Didelphis#Translingual
Moadeeb 17:36, 8 September 2013 (UTC)