Oh! Possum!

September 14, 2015

After a few trips back and forth across the fence along the southern boundary line of our property, and me running from room to room to catch a glimpse of him (as Jim, in his office, yells down the hall things like: Okay, now he’s running west along the fence, you should be able to see him in the living room!, followed by: Okay now he’s running east, try Peter’s room!), I finally nailed a shot.

I present you with Mr. Possum (as seen from my office):


Totally creeped out. I have yet to uncurl my toes.

Definitely not a possum person.

Postscript: After publishing this entry, Christine, a Facebook friend posted this picture on her wall and tagged me, as in… what’s not to love about a possum!

(And I admit, they are pretty cute.)


The caption read:

The opossum is not native to California but was introduced as a food animal from the East Coast around 1890 in Southern California and 1910 to San Jose. When originally brought here possums were kept in hutches and their meat was considered a delicacy. Later others were imported into California for their fur. Escaping possums found California a delightful place to live and breed. Possums are now thriving in all parts of California except the high Sierra and extreme desert. It is North America’s only marsupial. In pre-colonial years it mainly occupied southeastern states from the lower part of Pennsylvania to the Gulf of Mexico. It also inhabited portions of Eastern Mexico down to the Yucatan Peninsula. It has now spread to Canada in the north and eastern Colorado in the west as well as all along the Pacific seaboard. Opossums are the animal most likely to be brought into California’s wildlife rehab facilities.