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The opossum is a marsupial of the order Didelphimorphia endemic to the Americas. The largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere, it contains 103 or more species in 19 genera.
Opossum’s range in smaller specimens in the tropics. They measure 13-37 in. (35 -94 cm) long from their snout to the base of the tail with the tail adding another 8.5 -19 in. (21.6 -47 cm).
Opossums will attack particularly when they have to defend themselves, just like any other animals would. They will keep away from people, they are normally not aggressive unless they’re cornered and provoked. While they don’t like humans; they are often attracted to an easy meal, like outdoor pet food and unsecured trash.
Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. Some families will group together in ready-made burrows or even under houses. Though they will temporarily occupy abandoned burrows, they do not dig or put much effort into building their own. As nocturnal animals, they favor dark secure areas. These areas may be below ground or above.