Possum Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What kind of animal is a possum? What do possums look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? This lesson will answer these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about possums!

What Are Possums?

You've heard that possums like to play dead, and your mom calls it 'playing possum' when you just lay there without moving. Is this really what possums are like? Do possums really like to play dead? Keep reading to learn lots of interesting facts about possums.

A possum

A possum is a type of animal called a marsupial. A marsupial is an animal that carries its babies in a pouch! Possums are sometimes called opossums. They have long tails and pointy noses. They have fur that can be brown, white, or gray, and they can weigh up to 13 pounds, which is about the size of a cat.

There are 60 different kinds of possums. The most well-known possum is the Virginia possum.

Where Do Possums Live?

Possums live in North America and South America in grasslands and forests. They live in dens during the day. A den is like a cave or a burrow that can be a home for a wild animal. Possums are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are awake at night.

What Do Possums Eat?

Possums search for food at night when they are awake. Possums are scavengers, which means that they look for food that people or animals have left behind. They like to eat garbage out of people's trash cans! Possums also eat berries, bugs, and small animals. Because they eat both plants and animals, possums are omnivores. They use their front paws to hold their food.

How Do Possums Grow?

A baby possum on the back of its mother
baby possum

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