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Lexxigramer
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posted August 06, 2017 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://blog.nwf.org/2017/06/opossums-unsung-heroes-in-the-fight-against-ticks-and-lyme-disease/
See link for cute picture!

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Opossums: Unsung Heroes in the Fight Against Ticks and Lyme Disease
Jane Kirchner
June 13, 2017


With the huge rise in deer tick populations and the spread of Lyme disease, many friends of wildlife are welcoming opossums into their yards. Why? Scientists have learned that opossums act like little vacuum cleaners when it comes to ticks – with a single opossum hoovering up and killing as many as 4,000 ticks per week.

Opossums are extraordinarily good groomers it turns out – we never would have thought that ahead of time – but they kill the vast majority – more than 95% percent of the ticks that try to feed on them. So these opossums are walking around the forest floor, hoovering up ticks right and left, killing over 90% of these things, and so they are really protecting our health. – Rick Ostfeld, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

More Possum Benefits

Opossums, sometimes referred to just as possums, are a benefit to ecosystems and a healthy environment beyond eradicating ticks. They will catch and eat cockroaches, rats and mice – in addition to consuming dead animals of all types (also known as carrion). Gardeners appreciate opossums’ appetite for snails, slugs and for cleaning up over-ripe fruit and berries. And, since they are immune to the venom of poisonous serpents, opossums also eat rattlesnakes.
Evening Shift

Adult opossums are solitary and nocturnal—active at night—and generally live in burrows and cavities that they find ready-made rather than create themselves. They seek shelter underground, in trees or anywhere in between.

When frightened or harmed, opossums suddenly freeze and lie still as death. They have no control over this response, which could be said to paralyze them with fear or have evolved because almost any predator can outrun them. If left unharmed, a catatonic opossum will recover in roughly one to four hours.

This amazing species is North America’s only marsupial (pouched mammal). When the so-called Great American Interchange occurred with the closing of Central America around 3 million years ago, the opossum was pretty much the only marsupial from South America that successfully moved to and survived in the north.

Here at the National Wildlife Federation we celebrate and appreciate the opossum!



I LOVE OPOSSUMS! <3

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posted August 07, 2017 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, a tick Hoover!

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posted August 08, 2017 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see them crossing the street here.

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posted August 08, 2017 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They really are tick "Hoovers"
and get this.....!!!!!!!!
The revolting Flying Chinese Stink bugs seems to be a thing they eat too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The stink bug invaded America a few years ago and destroyed a lot of apple orchard crops and then invaded people's houses and yards by the thousands!They make a stink when touched or smashed or vacuumed up that is so hard to get rid of you have to use dozens of bottles of odor neutralizer sprays and throw away pretty much anything they contaminate.
So far this year the opossums seem to be taking the stink bugs out.
If I see opossums at night; I will feed them pancakes or saltines or peanut butter cheeses crackers. They like bananas and cat food but I avoid those because they draw ants and skunks and raccoons and rats.
Some articles claim that STINK BUGS do not bite; but oh man, they bite they definitely bite!
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/brown-marmorated-stink-bug


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posted August 09, 2017 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good facts!

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posted August 10, 2017 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you!

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posted August 11, 2017 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can imagine them eating cheese crackers!

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posted August 12, 2017 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do they hang upside down when they sleep?

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posted August 13, 2017 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Do they hang upside down when they sleep?
No.
That is a myth.
The babies have every so slightly prehensile tails but adults not.
Either way; nope, Opossums do not hang by their tails.
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Adult opossums do not hang from trees by their tails, as sometimes depicted, though babies may dangle temporarily. Their semi-prehensile tails are not strong enough to support a mature adult's weight. Instead, the opossum uses its tail as a brace and a fifth limb when climbing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H9pvicOspY

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posted August 13, 2017 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Opppossums eating! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv0AJWZr4h4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XNtiVQsHk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkofwx2liHM

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posted August 14, 2017 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought it was true!

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posted August 15, 2017 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Opppossums eating! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv0AJWZr4h4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XNtiVQsHk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkofwx2liHM

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posted August 17, 2017 12:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

They can hang briefly; especially the tiny babies.

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posted August 18, 2017 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cuties!

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posted August 18, 2017 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This video has them eating and being utterly adorable! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBsDFFtmiuE

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posted August 18, 2017 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XNtiVQsHk

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posted August 20, 2017 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H9pvicOspY

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posted August 23, 2017 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saw a dead one in the street.

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posted August 23, 2017 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Unless it was definitely squashed;
opossums can appear dead
and smell dead;
for 4 hours or more!

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Ah! Maybe it was alive! I rode back by there, and there was no carcass! Definitely a dangerous game to play possum in the middle of the road, though!

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posted August 25, 2017 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, not a hint left! Sneaky little rascal!

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posted August 26, 2017 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder what spooked it?

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Ah! Maybe it was alive! I rode back by there, and there was no carcass! Definitely a dangerous game to play possum in the middle of the road, though!
Yeppers! Could have been scared by anything.
Yeah; they do not play dead in the safest places.

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