by Gina Fitzhugh
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He is probably not the cutest guy you've seen in your yard, but probably one of the most useful. It's estimated that one opossum can kill 5000 ticks in a season. This is especially helpful in preventing the spread of Lyme disease. We had one in our yard for a while that we named Fred. Fred had a very crooked tail. He had obviously got it caught in something at some point, but this did not slow Fred down. We enjoyed him for a couple of weeks before he moved on.
A baby opossum is about the size of a honey bee! If they do play "possum", they can stay that way for four hours..
January 26th, 2016
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