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\paragraph{Virginia Opossum (\textit{Didelphis virginiana})} Also known as the North American opossum, the Virginia opossum is the only marsupial living north of Mexico. Typically nocturnal, with a naked, scaled tail, they can vary greatly in size ranging in size from 33 to 55 centimeters from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail, with the tail adding another 25–54 cm (9.8–21.3 in). Males are slightly larger, with an average body length of 40.8 cm (16.1 in) with an average tail length of 29.4 cm (11.6 in), while females are 40.6 cm (16.0 in) long with a 28.1 cm (11.1 in) tail. Weight for males ranges from 2.1–2.8 kg (4.6–6.2 lb) and for females from 1.9–2.1 kg (4.2–4.6 lb).
\paragraph{Virginia Opossum (\textit{Didelphis virginiana})} Also known as the North American opossum, the Virginia opossum is the only marsupial living north of Mexico.
Opossums can vary greatly in size ranging in size from 33 to 55 centimeters from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail, with the tail adding another 25–54 cm (9.8–21.3 in). Males are slightly larger, with an average body length of 40.8 cm (16.1 in) with an average tail length of 29.4 cm (11.6 in), while females are 40.6 cm (16.0 in) long with a 28.1 cm (11.1 in) tail. Weight for males ranges from 2.1–2.8 kg (4.6–6.2 lb) and for females from 1.9–2.1 kg (4.2–4.6 lb).
They have dull greyish-brown coats, except for their faces, which are white. They have long, mostly hairless, prehensile tails which they use to grab branches. They are hairless ears, and opposable, clawless thumbs on their rear feet. Opossums also have 50 teeth, which is the most of any North American land mammal. For such a widespread and successful species, they are not highly intelligent. Their brain is only one-fifth the size of a raccoon's brain, which is similar in overall size.
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