Saturday, October 20, 2012

Opossum Stuffed Finger Puppet

Death. By. Cuteness.

Our Opossum Finger Puppet

Our sweet stuffed mini opossum finger puppet measures 4 1/2 inches from nose to rump. It's tail adds another 4 3/4 inches. It's "fur" is a super soft material that feels like silk. The nose and eyes are hard plastic, the ears a soft leathery fabric, the feet and tail are cloth and the whiskers are nylon strings. The tail has velco on the tip and base to form a loop when folded in half. Slide your finger through the loop and into the pocket on the underside and it will look like the 'possum has its tail securely wrapped around your finger. To find our other puppets in this line, or see our entire inventory of stuffed beanies, plush finger puppets and stuffed animals, check out our Stuffed Beanies and Plush Puppets Page and Stuffed Animals Page. Come see our other opossum toys and gifts.

About Opossums

As with other small marsupials, the gestation period of an opossum is only about 12 to 14 days. The young are born at a very immature stage and must find their way into the mother's pouch. They live and feed inside her pouch until they are weaned at about 70 to 125 days. They cling to Mom's back until they are old enough to take care of themselves. Opossums are omnivorous, eating small animals such as insects, frogs, birds, snakes, small mammals, and earthworms. They eat carrion as well as garbage, but some of their favorite food is fruit. The most famous behavior of the opossum is "playing 'possum" when threatened or hurt. This is a completely involuntary response. The lips curl, the body stiffens, and a foul-smelling liquid is released, so a human or other animal might really believe the opossum is dead and leave it alone. It can even be picked up at this time and will resemble a dead animal. After a few minutes or hours, the opossum will again become animated and run away, hopefully having eluded the danger. Baby opossums will open their mouths, show their pointed teeth, and make a hissing noise if they feel threatened. Adult opossums do not hang from trees by their tails, but babies will sometimes hang from the mother's tail for a short time. An adult opossum will use its tail as a brace or an extra limb when climbing trees. They are usually solitary, will temporarily take over abandoned burrows, and prefer protection from the dark or dark areas, becoming active between dusk and dawn, and rarely coming into view during the day. Although many people consider opossums disgusting or a nuisance, they are essentially harmless, and many people find them very cute. They are extremely interesting small mammals.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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