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Common Opossum

(Didelphis marsupialis)

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The Common Opossum is also called Southern Opossum. A large opossum with yellowish face; blackish or gray back; black ears;cheek area yellowish; to 42 cm (16in). plus long, almost hairless, tail. (Virginia Opossum, (Didelphis virginiana), is common over northwest Pacific slope; it closely resembles Common Opossum but has white cheeks.) (Zorro Pelón, Zarigüeya, Raposa).


Countrywide below about 1500m (5000ft); nocturnal; found in trees and on the ground.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Common Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis), Costa Rica