Animals at the Zoo
Jupiter – Owner surrender 2021
The only marsupial found in North America. Marsupials are mammals who have pouches to carry their young. They’re roughly 2-3 feet in length and 5-15 pounds on average.
What do they eat?
They’re omnivorous – feeding on a wide range of plant material, insects, carrion, rodents, and birds/eggs.
How long do they live?
2-3 years in the wild on average.
How many can be born at a time?
Usually 7-8 children but can have up to as many as 25!
Where are they found?
From Southern Ontario, Canada down to Costa Rica.
- They have 50 razor sharp teeth.
- When facing a threat they’ll “play ‘possum” – feign death – by curling up on the ground, mouth open, tongue out.
- They consume the majority of ticks they encounter – which is why they are so important to the environment.