Watch Episode Five: Opossums
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!
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:
Always remember, no litter is safe litter! Read and share the message of the apple core to help opossums and other wildlife.
Have you found a baby opossum? Check out our advice page on how to best tell if a baby opossum needs help.
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.
- Untamed Watch-Along Worksheet: Opossums (best-suited for grades 5 and up)
- All About Opossums Worksheet (best-suited for grades K-2)
- Would your students want to be an opossum? Check out this fun assignment that one elementary school teacher had her class complete!
- The Center offers Skype in the Classroom programs to teachers around the world; schedule an "Awesome Opossums" program for your class through the Microsoft Education system.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more opossum information? Email us at email@example.com