The possum mother is really not easy, I saw it carrying twelve fluffy little possums, slowly moving forward in the grass, the little possums are neatly arranged from beginning to end, the little hands tightly grasp the hair on the possum mother, for fear that they will fall, the size of the little possum is not small, the weight of the twelve together is not to be underestimated, the possum mother is obviously "overloaded", walking up and down, a look that may overturn at any time. But even so, the possum mother did not give up any baby, after a little rest, and then continued to look for food, this possum "dragging the family" famous scene, not uncommon in Latin America, is a way for possums to protect their cubs, possums are also named.
Possum is a primitive, lower mammal, a total of 67 species, possum appetite is very good almost not very picky eater, whether insects, snails and other small invertebrates, or fruits, grass grains and other possums are eaten correctly, opossums living near the city, will also run to human trash cans to find food. The lifespan of possums is very short, generally no more than two years, so in the limited life, opossums may give birth a little more to ensure the continuation of the population. Possum can give birth to 3 litters per year, pregnant only 12 days to give birth to 6-15 cubs, although the reproduction rate is fast but there are also drawbacks, the fetus is often not mature and born prematurely, the newborn baby possum is less than 2 cm long, the body is extremely weak, so the baby possum will crawl into the possum mother's nursery bag to continue to develop, the warm nursery bag can provide the little possum from the wind and rain, and provide hot breast milk, and wait until the baby opossum grows hair, the body is so large that the nursery bag can no longer be loaded, The position of the baby possum will then be transferred from the nursery bag to the back of the mother opossum.
But as the so-called "giving birth to a baby is easy, bringing a baby is difficult", carrying more than a dozen fat children, so that the possum mother's process of bringing the baby has become extremely difficult, in the wild is full of dangers, in order to protect the child, the possum mother almost all the time to carry the child, will carry the child to forage together, climb trees together, until 3 months later, the baby possum reaches maturity and can leave the mother to forage independently. Seeing this, the morning flight wanted to say: What years are quiet, but someone carries the weight for you. It is quite difficult for small possums to survive in the wild, because there are not many enemies who "eat" their bodies, coyotes, dogs, red foxes, owls and jaguars, etc., can hunt possums, so small opossums must master an ancestral skill "pretend to die" when they leave the possum mother and prepare to go out independently. Although pretending to die sounds stupid and intimidating, it is the life-saving "secret" of many weak animals in nature, and the possum as the ceiling of the pretending death world, its master-level "performance" has reached the level of fake reality, making countless small fresh meat humiliated.
Possums usually like to live in trees, occasionally come to the ground to feed, but after coming to the ground, the possum legs are short, the action is relatively slow, so it is easy to be attacked by predators, in order to survive the possum evolved 2 big moves, the first move bluff, in the face of some weaker predators, the possum will erect fur, and show teeth to stare at each other viciously, and will also make some "roars" to try to scare off the enemy. The second trick "pretend to die", if the enemy is too strong, in order to survive the opossum simply lie directly on the ground and open its mouth, spit out its tongue, close its eyes, and even halve its heartbeat, a "sudden vicious disease, violent death" look, to achieve this step, if the predator still can't believe it, to touch the body of the opossum, the possum will also not move, the predator no longer knows how to take the initiative to retreat, the possum has a more extreme trick, it will from the anus a liquid with a strong smell of carrion, so that the predator mistakenly thinks that the possum has been dead for a long time, are rotten and smelly enough to no longer eat, so as to give up themselves, after all, if not hungry, predators generally like fresher ingredients, but possums pretend to die tricks also have a very stupid side, such as possums on the road when encountering oncoming trucks, possums will also pretend to die, the result is quite sad often crushed into meatloaf by trucks.
In addition to pretending to be dead, the possum walking on the "rivers and lakes" also has a number of skills, such as a certain immunity to the virus, studies have shown that the opossum has immunity to all kinds of snake venom of the viper family, including the western diamondback rattlesnake, pit viper, superstring pit viper, etc., even if it is bitten by a poisonous snake, the possum can basically survive, in addition to snake venom, scorpion venom and bee venom can not help the opossum, for rabies virus, canine parvovirus, cat hepatitis virus and other common pet viruses, possums also have a very strong immune function, Nature is so amazing, seemingly weak possums also have such a powerful side.
North American possums that like to live in human settlements, 9% of their food is human garbage, and 9% is the food of human pets, in addition to these two, North American possums also have the habit of preying on ticks, and studies have found that a North American possum can eat about 5,000 ticks in 3 months, which can effectively limit the spread of diseases caused by ticks, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spot fever. In Europe and the United States, there are many people like to raise possums as pets, possums are docile and will not bite, but the cute and loving appearance is also very pleasing, used as a pet, it is indeed a very good choice, but unfortunately, the life of the opossum is too short, even if it is captive, the life of the possum is usually only about 4 years, so for people with heavy feelings, raising a possum as a pet is not a good choice. Thanks for reading. #I'm going to be on micro headlines ##Wonderful Animals Issue 2 ##负鼠 #