Short Tail Opossum
Goh is pretty laid back even for a short-tail opossum. He likes
riding around in a cloth bag that was designed for ferrets and is
often mistaken for a rat. Short Tail opossums in the USA are
primarily captive-bred descendants of lab animals. The species was
used extensively as a lab animal due to the fact they are a marsupial
who has no pouch. The babies attach to the nipples without a pouch,
making them a very primitive marsupial.
Van Goh likes hiding in pockets and is pretty laid back. He doesn't
mind strangers and kids, doesn't try to nip, but does lick if you've
handled him after handling food. He is my first, originally from an
exotic animal auction in Texas. His previous owner had him as a
breeder, but lost the female and with her, the interest in breeding
Short Tail Opossums as pets. The name Van Goh comes from the fact he
is missing part of one ear from some past accident. He settled right
in here though and has a wheel to run on, stuff to climb on and lots
of crickets to eat. He does seem to be nocturnal for the most part,
but sometimes I see him up and running on the wheel during the day.
Either he is like those people who go to all night gyms or he is
addicted to the wheel. The Short Tail Opossum only gets about the
size of a gerbil.
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