Humane Opossum Removal

Opossums are beneficial to urban environments in the fact they eat dead animals, ticks, and are less likely to carry diseases such as rabies. But, they can be a problem here in Sacramento County, CA. They are North Americas only marsupial and often have up to 3 litters per year. They can be nomadic animals often traveling from place to place. But once they set up a den location they often compile trash debris to make up their nest. They can be found in attics, crawl spaces, under decks, sheds, and mobile homes. In horse stables opossums can make horses sick by contaminating their feed. The EPM protozoa Sarcocystis neurona is spread to horses in the feces of opossums. Horses can ingest the protozoa from contaminated feed, hay, water or pasture. We are often called to remove opossums when they are seen multiple times in and around residential and commercial properties.

Possum Trapping

Our team at Thomas Wildlife Control is made up of experts in trapping these creatures. We understand their behavior and will place traps in the best locations. We use only safe and humane methods of trapping. The opossum is an agile climber and good swimmer. Adults weigh 4–11 pounds and measure approximately 2–3 feet in length, including a long hairless tail. It uses its prehensile (grasping) tail to stabilize itself as it walks along tree branches. The hind feet have an opposable big toe that functions much like a human thumb. Opossums are an overall grizzled white color with a pink nose, large black hairless ears with pink tips, and short dark legs. They have 50 teeth, more than any other land mammal on this continent, which they may bare when threatened. Opossums have the smallest brain to weight ratio of any North American mammal; regardless, they are an incredibly adaptable species that has been able to thrive in North America.

Opossums are solitary animals except when coming together to mate or when females have young. Opossums breed from January to July. After about 2 weeks, they give birth to a litter of 1–13 kits. Kits are born blind and hairless without well-developed rear limbs. Immediately after birth, young crawl into their mother’s pouch and nurse for 8 weeks. Young will then ride on their mother’s back for 4 weeks and will become fully independent at 12 weeks. Opossums become sexually mature at 8–12 months of age and typically have 1 litter per year.

Their primary foods include eggs, grains, nuts, fruit, birds, snakes, frogs, mice, and carrion (dead animals). Opossums will also take advantage of human associated foods, such as garbage, pet food, bird seed, corn, and poultry. Because they eat many road-killed animals, they often become road kill themselves. Opossums are also preyed upon by owls, raptors, bobcats, coyotes, and unsupervised dogs. When opossums are threatened, they will growl, hiss, and bare their teeth or climb a nearby tree to escape. If they are unable to escape, the opossum will play dead for several minutes to several hours until it believes the danger has passed.If you are seeing possums on your property, contact us today.