Short Tailed Opossum

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Short Tailed Opossum for sale

 

Short Tailed Opossum for sale,the short tailed opossum is a small marsupial that is indigenous to South America. They were first brought to the US in the 1970s, although the raising of STOs as pets did not begin until almost twenty years later. These nocturnal creatures are highly inquisitive, extremely cleanly, low odor, and invitingly soft to touch.

A mature Short Tailed Opossum will reach a body length of about 4″ – 6″ (10 – 15 cm) with a tail that is about 1 1/2″ – 3″ (4 – 7.5 cm) and will weigh between 2 – 5 ozs (60 – 150 g). The males are about 25% larger than the females.
The fur is a thick velvety gray-brown on top with a lighter tone underneath. They have a hairless prehensile tail used to grasp and balance while climbing. It is also great for carrying nesting materials and other things, but it is not weight bearing. They have a muzzle quite like a rat, with very sharp teeth. Their ears are large, very thin skinned, and sensitive to sound and their eyes bulge out giving them good night vision. The front legs are shorter than the hind legs. They have a life span of about 4 to 8 years.

Short Tailed Opossums, also referred to as STO’s, are small and very cute. They make unique and fascinating pets. If handled at an early age they are easy to tame and become very friendly. They usually do not bite and are very easy to keep., you can even train them to use a litter box. 

Because of their nature and uniqueness, the Short Tailed Opossums make excellent pets. They are quiet, active, and inquisitive, and since opossums are not rodents they generally don’t gnaw on things. A special bonus to keeping a Short Tailed Opossum, they will eat unwelcome pests such as insects and rodents. Because of this they are sometimes referred to as “House Opossums”. They are generally nocturnal, getting active at dusk which is great for people who have the evening hours to interact with their pet. Unlike many marsupials, the Short Tailed Opossum does not have a pouch. They have a unique adaptation in caring for their young. New born babies will latch onto a nipple on their mother’s stomach which then enlarges and holds the babies securely in place.

There are a variety of marsupials including such creatures as kangaroos, Sugar Gliders, Wombats, Ringtail Possums, and Tasmanian Devils.

 

Care and feeding of Short Tailed Opossum 

 

Provide your Short Tailed Opossum with fresh water daily in a water bottle. For younger opossums that are not too strong, one without a steel ball works best.
In the wild they eat insects, fruits, and vegetable matter. You can provide them a similar diet by offering mealworms, crickets, pinkie mice, fruits, vegetables, and breads.
You can also offer them a high quality cat food, other dry foods such as a ferret food, or a commercially developed food called Briskey’s Short Tail Possum feed. 
Other treats can include such things as super worms, hard boiled egg, scrambled egg, tuna, canned cat food, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits need to be cut up into small pieces so they can pick them up easily. Some quick and easy fruit options are the small Mott’s Applesauce; Mixed Berry, Strawberry, or Tropical Blend fruit cups; or baby foods.

 

Short Tailed Opossum Behaviors

 

The grey short-tailed opossum has been used in biomedical research for over three decades. It is normally housed in standard rat cages and appears to have adapted well to captivity. Owing to their aggressive behaviour towards each other, adult males are normally housed singly and may spend considerable periods of time in social isolation.

We compared the behavior of the gray short-tailed opossums and Long-Evans rats during repeated exposures to the open-field test. The rate of locomotor activity in the opossum was always higher than that in the rat.

On the first exposure to the open field, both species showed strong thigmotaxy. On the second day, opossums shifted a significant part of their activity to the internal and central parts of the field, while thigmotaxy dominated in the rats’ behavior till the end of the experiment. 

Short-tailed opossums are very sensitive to light and noise. Excessive ultraviolet light exposure may lead to retinal melanoma. Short-tailed opossums have well-developed olfactory systems and rely heavily on their sense of smell.

The Short Tailed Opossum for sale are sensitive to high frequencies, yet relatively insensitive to sound. At 60 dB sound pressure level (SPL), the hearing of Monodelphis extends from 3.6 kHz to 77 kHz, with a range of best sensitivity from 8 to 64 kHz. They are not particularly sensitive to tones, with the lowest threshold near 20 dB SPL. The pinnae will shrivel under prolonged exposure to low humidity.

These opossums demonstrate less fear of new objects and investigate them more intensely than rats.65 This may be because short-tailed opossums are nomadic and therefore routinely come in contact with objects that are new to them.

 

Handling and Training of Short Tailed Opossum

 

If handled from a young age, a short tailed opossum Pet can become a loving gentle pet that generally will not bite. A good age to acquire your pet is between 3 and 4 months of age, though even some adults will adjust to being handled. They are friendly and inquisitive. Both males and females make equally good pets.

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