Didelphis virginiana, commonly known as the Virginia opossum, is a marsupial native to North America. It is the only marsupial found in the United States and Canada. It has a grayish-white fur, a long, pointed snout, and a long, scaly, prehensile tail. It is typically between 20 and 40 inches long and weighs between 4 and 14 pounds. It is an omnivore, eating both plants and animals. It is found in a variety of habitats, including forests, swamps, and grasslands. Its lifespan is typically between 2 and 4 years in the wild, and up to 6 years in captivity. The current population of Didelphis virginiana is stable.
Name Origin: The scientific name of the organism, Didelphis virginiana, is derived from the Greek words 'di' meaning 'two', 'delphis' meaning 'womb', and 'virginiana' meaning 'of Virginia'. This is in reference to the two wombs of the Virginia opossum, which is the only marsupial found in North America.
Related Species: Didelphis marsupialis, Didelphis albiventris, Didelphis aurita, Didelphis pernigra, Didelphis imperfecta