Bare-tailed Woolly Opossum Facts

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TAXONOMY

Didelphis philander (Linnaeus, 1758), America, restricted to Surinam; Ghana.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 7–10 in (18–28 cm); weight 6.0–15 oz (180–450 g). The again is almost uniform cinnamon brown and the face is grey with brown bulging eyes, with a black high-quality line between the eyes. Ears are massive, bare, pink, and membranous. More than half of the tail is furry.

DISTRIBUTION

Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil.

HABITAT

Primary and secondary tropical lowland moist forest in each swampy and well-drained areas, from sea stage up to about 2,000 ft (600 m). Rarely, it has additionally been present in plantations and different agroecosystems. Often discovered excessive within the cover but additionally not often seen on the bottom or shut to it.

BEHAVIOR

This is a solitary species. The solely teams reported are these composed of a feminine and her suckling younger connected to the mammae. Primarily arboreal and barely abandons the shelter of the excessive and medium cover. They are primarily nocturnal and crepuscular, reducing their exercise in intervals of excessive ranges of lunar illumination.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds totally on fruits but additionally takes some leaves, bugs, chook eggs, and nestlings.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polygamous. Females assemble nests with plant matter inside hole bushes. After a quick gestation of lower than 15 days, one to six younger are born blind, bare, and with closed ears. The younger crawl to the nipple space, the place every attaches to one. There isn't any well-developed pouch, solely lateral folds of pores and skin. Reproduction could happen all year long however most regularly in the beginning of the wet season.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Seems to be depending on undisturbed tropical moist forest, though it has generally been present in secondary vegetation. Destruction of its habitat is essentially the most severe menace. The IUCN lists the species as Lower Risk/Near Threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

It is usually saved as a pet, and in any other case the species is taken into account dangerous to banana and citrus plantations.

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