Hide-and-Seek With Opossum

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While hiking through the woods I came upon a male and female opossum. They spotted me and I believe this male didn’t want to leave the female and thought it would just get behind a log. I was only carrying a pocket camera at the time and wasn’t expecting this opossum to stay around as I walked closer. To my surprise he allowed me to walk right up to him. I made a couple of photos of him and I left the area so they could have some privacy. The other Opossum was in some thick brush and I wasn’t able to get a clear photo. She stuck around also.

Opossums are usually solitary and nomadic, staying in one area as long as food and water are easily available. Some families will group together in ready-made burrows or even under houses. Though they will temporarily occupy abandoned burrows, they do not dig or put much effort into building their own. As nocturnal animals, they favor dark, secure areas. These areas may be below ground or above. (Wikipedia)

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  1. Maria Rosa March 4, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Nice photos of a nocturnal animal which must be hard to photograph. You always find great things to photograph in the woods.

  2. Steve Creek March 4, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    Thanks Maria! It helps that I am out in the woods so much. It’s better than watching TV.

  3. Barbara Selkirk March 4, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Great photos Steve, we see possums up here but not very often… really like this series.

  4. Steve Creek March 4, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Thank you my friend!

  5. Alexandra Simon March 4, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Thanks for the joy you give me. With all the horrible things in the world, animals in nature are a constant source of good.

  6. Erin Duke March 4, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Great catch, Steve! They really are cute animals…until they hiss! I was blessed with an opossum somehow getting trapped within the restaurant I work in. Let’s just say it was interesting to find him and get him outside where he belongs!

  7. Julie G. March 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Sweet little guy! How lucky you were to see the two during the day. Wonderful images!

  8. Jen Harris March 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I am one of those odd people who love possums…my aunt was on the board of the Pulaski Co. Humane Society when I was growing up, and I got to play with more than one family of possums that were there. Wish I could find my pictures of a whole family of baby possums hanging all over me. :) Occasionally I catch a good shot of one in our backyard at night. The kids named one of them “Tallulah”. These pics are great….can’t believe you got close enough to get such good ones with a pocket camera!

  9. Mello Mike March 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Very cool shots. You’ve got some serious talent, Steve.

  10. Steve Creek March 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Thank you Jen and Mike! Jen, thanks for sharing your great story.