Florida’s only marsupial is the Virginia Opossum. Marsupials carry their young in a pouch. This critter is about the size of a house cat, have long naked tails and small ears. Opossums occur throughout the state in virtually all habitats. If threatened they may go limp and appear dead, hence “playing possum”. They are common in residential and suburban areas, and are most active at night. They are attracted to virtually any type of available food, including garbage, pet food, cultivated fruits and vegetables, and even dead animals on the side of the road. To prevent attraction of these animals, garbage cans should be secured with rubber straps, and pet food should be taken in at night. They show partial or total immunity to the venom of rattlesnakes, cottonmouth, and other pit vipers.
This opossum had been living behind the washing machine for a while, as the amount of bedding material suggests. We removed it and the homeowners were happy again.
The dry cleaners were unable to operate their conveyor system until we got there. He didn’t want to let go, but we finally removed him and let them get back to work.