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opossum

a cat-sized, arboreal, insectivorous and carnivorous marsupial with dense, black through every shade to white, fur with a pointed snout, bare prehensile tail and a noted ability to play dead when in danger—hence playing 'possum. Called also American or Virginian opossum, Didelphis virginiana.
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This is due to the merino [content] and the 'core' thread, taking on the introduced dye, while the opossum [content] remains relatively unaffected,"
2006) to predict the distribution of opossum and determine the key landscape, local, and temporal factors that influence their habitat dynamics in a highly urban landscape.
Opossums are the hosts for Sarcocystis neurona, the cause of a fatal neurologic disease in horses (EPM or equine protozoal myeloencephalitis).
The Texas Biomed researchers found that the application of lotion containing sunscreen to infant opossums led to a 10-fold reduction in pre-melanotic lesions (known to progress to melanoma), in comparison to infant opossums receiving lotion that did not contain sunscreen.
1958) Life history and economic relations of the opossum (Didelphis marsupialis virginiana) in New York state.
The opossum is a new animal model for investigating the mechanism by which cholesterol mediates liver injury, which will lead to a better understanding of the role of dietary cholesterol in the development of NASH.
In this study, the mandibles of fifty-seven Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) collected from Baldwin County, Georgia, were inspected for enamel hypoplasia.
As to how the opossum may have died, we cannot say for sure, but feel that given the location of the smaller skull, it is likely that a healthy opossum could have freed this skull from its tooth.
Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, Germany's biggest media sensation, will make her Academy Award winner predictions on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
Many look similar to the North American opossum, with prehensile tails that are adapted to grasp branches.