Short tailed opossums are growing in popularity as an exotic pet.  
They are small, generally friendly creatures which have good pet
potential.

Origin: Short tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica) are from South America.  They can be found in
Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
Description: They are one of the few true insectivores found in the Americas.  These opossums range in
length from 3 to 6.5 inches (body only; their tail is almost as long as the body) with thick grey-brown fur. The
tail is prehensile, meaning that it can wrap around and hold onto things. They are marsupials although they do
not have a pouch. They are primarily nocturnal and can live up to 5 years in captivity.

Feeding:  Feed a mixture of hedgehog and ferret food with soaked parrot biscuit. Snack can vary; fresh fruits
and veggies (offer a variety), crickets or king mealworms.

Housing: Short tailed opossums are solitary animals. An aquarium with a tight fitting lid is the ideal home
(they are very good at escaping). Cage bottom should be should be lined with corn cob bedding. Provide both
a water bottle and a small dish (they can dehydrate quickly). A hut/ or nesting box is also required (wooden
hut or plastic igloo). An exercise wheel is a great addition to their home. Branches for climbing and perching
are needed-make sure they are non toxic and untreated (parrot ladders work well). Short tailed opossums are
fairly tidy, and will usually pick a corner to use as a potty, so a litter pan can be used. Ambient temperature
should be 70-80 F.  Best kept as solitary animals.

Handling: A tame, often handled opossum will make the best pet. Males and females have equal pet
potential. They do tend to be very friendly and inquisitive when tame and will be an enjoyable pet.
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