So it's been a while since I have posted here. Haven't got any new opossums in for a while and all of the babies are either just about old enough for release or are almost old enough for release.
I did release four of my "babies" tonight though. You can only see three in the picture because the first one to leave the box had already scampered off. I keep opossums in my care longer than their mother would keep them. This allows them to put on some more weight and gives them time to grow larger so that they have a better chance against predators in the wild. I am usually rather picky where I release, being sure that there is definitely a food source (other than the amount of food I leave them), a water source, and nesting material within the area for their first night. I'm always happy to see them leave to begin their lives out in the wild, although I miss every single one of them once release time comes.
Also, check out the opossum brochure I created to print and hand out to all of your friends to help them learn more about opossums and why they are beneficial to having in your neighborhood. You can find it by clicking here or clicking on "Opossum Brochure" under the "All About Opossums" tab under "Wildlife."