Baby opossum removal in Stamford, CT. This baby opossum wandered into a home through a screen door left opened. The homeowner didn’t realize until something set off her alarm inside of the home. When she checked her security cameras she saw the opossum running across the kitchen floor. Probably in search of a way out or something to eat. She called us and we promptly arrived and caught the baby opossum and removed it from the home.
Opossums in Connecticut mate in early March. The gestation period is a very short, 12 to 13 days. The babies are born in practically an embryonic stage. The first challenge in an opossum’s life is the arduous journey from the mother opossum’s birth canal underneath her tail to her furry abdominal pouch. The presence of such a pouch is characteristic of marsupials. The babies are about the size of a navy bean and any that fail to reach the pouch or attach to one of the nipples inside will die. The babies complete their development attached to the nipple inside the pouch for another 2 months. Once they leave the pouch the young opossums stay with their mother for another 4 to 6 weeks and will often ride clinging to their mother’s back. A mother usually bears 1 to 9 young, and cares for them alone. In more southern regions opossums may bear two litters a year.
Opossums are solitary except when a female is raising her young. They use dens for bearing young and for shelter, especially in winter. Dens can be located in tree cavities, rock or brush piles, under buildings or in old burrows. Opossums are not ideally suited for northern winters, and although they stay active during the winter they may den up during extended cold. Opossums in the north often get frostbite on their furless ears or tails.
Opossum are not aggressive and would rather retreat than fight. They will hiss and screech and open their mouths to display their teeth when threatened, especially in encounters between males. The best known defense mechanism of the opossum is its habit of “playing dead”. A frightened opossum keels over, limp, with tongue protruding and eyes shut, looking quite lifeless. Rather than being a deliberate act, this has recently been determined to be an involuntary, paralytic response to shock. The poor thing “faints” in a manner of speaking. If left in peace it will revive and go on its way