Talk:Virginia opossum

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Additional info[edit]

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: <>. 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.

Dead link. Try 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

No mention of their ability to clmb trees either. There's one of the little guys up a tree in my yard right now. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).


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[edit]

A fellow Brer, an Opossum which did not reach maximum life span probaly killed by a car or a tiger

Especially as this common mode of death is thought important enough to be mentioned in the LEAD of the article! SBHarris 04:16, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

Native to the eastern United States[edit]

Currently the "Range" section says that the animal was originally native to the eastern United States.

This needs some clarification. It was found in Mexico before colonisation, for instance. Ordinary Person (talk) 08:40, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was move all to sentence case titles. Let me make it clear that in doing so I am not endorsing the requester's rationale that the current titles are "inappropriate capitalization", but rather to the unanimous support here and the discussion at WikiProject Tree of life. Basically, the upshot there is that reliable English sources vary on how to capitalize such titles but that sentence case is more common in sources, is leaned toward in our existing guidelines, that it would be good for us to have some consistency in how we title animal article titles and that, other than birds, which are to remain an exception, sentence case is leaned toward if we're going to go with one over the other.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 10:31, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Virginia OpossumVirginia opossum — inappropriate capitalization Relisting, consensus is close at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Tree of life#English names of biological species Andrewa (talk) 19:21, 13 April 2011 (UTC) (talk) 01:35, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

  • Support all: Proper capitalization. –CWenger (talk) 01:27, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.


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 (talk) 14:19, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

The range map is incomplete. They are found as far north as the southern 2/3 of the state of Minnesota and much of Wisconsin. (talk) 16:50, 9 October 2011 (UTC)


Could we add this to the article? Di: two + Delphus: womb. From Greek.
Moadeeb 17:36, 8 September 2013 (UTC)