Episode Five: Opossums

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Inside the Episode

Episode Five of Untamed features the Virginia Opossum, the only marsupial found in the United States. Opossums may be common, but they are amazingly unique and adaptable creatures that can be found right in our own backyards. Host Ed Clark highlights a wide variety of special opossum adaptations and explains how simple changes in human behavior can help these animals.   Meet one of the Center's education opossums, and hear outreach coordinator Alex Wehrung talk about how education ambassadors help the Center to elevate the effectiveness of our programs. 

Read the stories of the opossums featured inside this episode!


Learn more about the people in the episode.



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Sponsor Posie, our education Virginia Opossum, through our Caring for Critters program!








Check out our online shop to purchase all of your opossum products! We have a brand-new limited-edition opossum bag, designed by our own office administrator, Kayla Cline. We also have opossum puppets, and a few opossum hoodies in our "retired" section of the shop.






Playing 'possum? Check out this video about the freeze response -- thanatosis -- that opossums go through to deter predators.

Can't get enough opossums? Check out our opossum YouTube playlist here:


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For Classrooms

Looking for ideas on how to incorporate the stories and lessons of Untamed into the classroom? The Wildlife Center is happy to provide these original worksheets and activity pages for teachers and educators. Designed to highlight the major themes and ideas presented in each episode, these activities are best used in combination with a classroom viewing.  

Are you using these materials and resources in your classroom? We are eager to hear from you! Please let us know, so we can share your classroom projects and experiences with other teachers. Contact us at edu@wildlifecenter.org

Looking for more opossum information? Email us at wildlife@wildlifecenter.org

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