IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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The most well-known adaptation for evading predators is known as "playing dead" or "playing opossum." An opossums will lie on its side as if dead with its tails rolled up, eyes and mouth open, and its paws partially closed. (Parker, 1990) Common predators of southern opossums include owls, snakes, and mammalian carnivores.

Known Predators:

  • screech owls (Otus)
  • snakes (Serpentes)
  • mammalian carnivores (Carnivora)


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