The opossum, being nocturnal
(active at night) is most often seen as flattened fauna (road
kill). One night we were wakened by noises in a loquat
tree outside our window. These pictures were taken through
open window, some at a distance of less than 2 meters. Opossums
have adapted well to suburban life. They have sometimes been reported
to Animal Control as "giant rats".
picture was taken with infrared light (Night Shot). In nocturnal
animals, a reflective layer behind the retina reflects light back out
of the eye (like the glass beads on reflectorized signs) making it
"glow in the dark". Making the light pass through the retina
twice means the opossum can see better we can in dim light.
us intently as I video taped, but showed no fear. For this
picture I turned on the light on the camera. Compare the picture
made with infrared light to this one made with visible light.
are most often seen as road kill.
tracks in fine dust. It isn't shown this way in my field
guide. Here each hind foot came down on top of the print of the
fore foot. But if you look closely, you can make out the peculiar
shapes of the front and hind feet.
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