NATURE NOTES: Like a Good Neighbor, Opossums are There!

A young opossum is seen at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

What mammal has the most teeth in North America, is resistant to snake venom and might live in your home? If you didn’t guess the Virginia opossum, you were wrong.

These pint-sized critters have quite the reputation as backyard pests, but in reality they help us out in all sorts of ways. From helping curb harmful diseases, to offering potential insights into developing anti-venom for treating snake bites, opossums make great neighbors and we’re lucky to have them.

Morgan Barnes is a biology intern at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the birds and their habitats along the entire Gulf Coast and beyond into their Central and South America wintering grounds.

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