Opossums Don't Play Around

Opossums Don't Play Around

Opossums can't "play dead" on demand; it's an involuntary defense mechanism kicked in when they are scared. First, they will make a horrifying screech. If the predator isn't scared away, the opossum will become paralyzed and appear completely dead.


from Animalogic

Key Facts In This Video

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    Opossums are the only marsupials native to North America. (0:25)

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    Opossums have two-pronged penises. (1:08)

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    When "playing dead," opossums will peel their lips back, foam at the mouth, and give off a noxious odor from their anal glands. (2:00)

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