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The idea of owning an exotic pet is often one that
can seem quite attractive, and opossums are
actually quite cute animals that appear as though
they might be a nice animal to have around the
house, while their desire to root through garbage
suggests their diet would be quite flexible too.
Like any decision to bring a pet into the family,
it is very important to take all of the relevant
factors into account, especially the fact that
keeping an opossum as a pet will bring a lot of
serious challenges for the owner.
Why People Like Opossums
Much like puppies, young opossums are very cute
with the light colored fur and the cute pink nose,
but while a puppy will grow up to be an attractive
dog, opossums are not always quite on the same
level when they grow into adulthood. Opossums are
also animals that are attracted by food, and some
people may even have fed opossums, despite it
being something that is well avoided.
One of the biggest drawbacks and factors to
consider with opossums is that their natural
instincts will make them quite destructive in a
domestic setting, and they will often chew, gnaw
and shred materials for their nest. This is also
something that will not necessarily be able to be
trained out of the animal, and some opossums will
do this throughout their lives even if they do
live around people throughout their juvenile and
Diet And Requirements Of The Household
In the wild the diet of the opossum is very
diverse, eating a mix of smaller mammals, insects
and worms, along with fruits, seeds and almost any
other edible food sources, so it is important to
give them a diverse diet when they are kept as
pets too. You should also be aware of the habits
and the natural instincts of the opossum, and
adapt the home to suit the animal.
The Commitment Of Owning An Opossum
Taking on a pet is not something that should be
done lightly in any event, and when it comes to
adopting an exotic animal like an opossum it
really should only be done by someone who has
experience of caring for and rehabilitating other
opossums. You should think long and hard before
deciding that owning an opossum is for you, and
because of the specialists needs of the animal,
you should also be aware that you might find
significant difficulty in rehoming the animal if
you find out the task is too much.
For more information, you may want to click on one
of these guides that I wrote:
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lowdown on prices.
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- my main opossum
removal info guide.
opossum trapping photographs
- learn from great examples of
opossum jobs I've done.