What an interesting read. And there is more at the originating site; and I thought there was nothing good about them. I should have known better! 🙂

Even so, do not take them on as pets . . . they do have some not so healthy traits. Follow the link and learn more.

Benefits Of Opossums: Are Possums Good To Have Around Beneficial Garden Friends
By: Laura Miller
Image by Steinthor

America’s only marsupial tends to have a bad reputation. Perhaps, it’s the opossum’s appearance and nocturnal lifestyle that makes this creature so unappealing. After all, spotting a large rat-like creature with beady eyes and a scavenger’s appetite in a beam of light is just plain creepy. Are Possums Good to Have Around? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Compared to other types of wildlife, they are very helpful. Opossums not only play an essential role in the ecosystem, but they can also be a valuable asset to your garden, in spite of the fact that most people are quick to control their numbers. Opossums, sometimes called possum, benefits your garden by ridding it of small insects and pests. As omnivores, opossums consume a variety of foods. This includes the beetles, slugs, and snails which damage garden plants.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Benefits Of Opossums: Are Possums Good To Have Around https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/benefits-of-opossums.htm


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