No matter where you live in South Louisiana, there are opossums. This non-aggressive animal can adjust to living just about anywhere.
The most common den sites are under wood piles, decks, and mobile homes. An opossum may bite if it perceives a threat to its well-being,
such as being grabbed or petted. The best thing for the opossum is to be left in its own territory where it can find food and know where
there is a safe shelter.
Opossums prefer to run away or “play possum” and will only hiss, growl, and/or fight if attacked or frightened.
The opossum can be very beneficial as a rodent/pest eater. They eat a variety of food including dead animals, fruits, insects, mice, etc.
They will eat food left outside and would consider cat food a gourmet meal. An opossum may get into garbage cans, eat your pet's food,
or eat cultivated fruits and vegetables. It may enter a home through ripped screens or vents and duct systems. To alleviate these problems,
follow the Preventing Conflict with Nuisance Wildlife guidelines.