WHAT IS THE POSSUM?
Possums are marsupials that are originally
from Australia but they were introduced to other
parts of the world by early European settlers. Most
possums are half the size of a regular house cat
and have long tails and small ears. If they are
threatened they will often look dead and they are
common in residential and suburban areas and they
are most active in the late night. They eat anything
including garbage, pet food and fruits and vegetables.
You should secure garbage cans to keep them away
from your home. Possums tend to be solitary creatures
and they are one of the few creatures that have
adapted to life with the European settlers in Australia.
Possums use urban areas as a good space for dens.
Possums make a lot of noise in ceiling space above
human living spaces. People often mistake them for
rats. They also cause household damage when traumatised.
They can fall down a chimney or into a house and
cause big mess.