Short Tailed Opossum Care
A fish tank (at least 20 gallons), hamster cage, or wire bird cage (what we use) are all suitable homes for a short tail opossum. In the cage, you will need a nest box/pouch, water bottle/bowl, food dish, exercise wheel, and branches or similar items for them to climb on. Some will also use a litter box, this is optional.
We feed our opossums a mix of 2 brands of cat food, sugar glider food, and hedgehog food. They get fruits and insects a couple times a week. We have found this diet to work best with our opossums. This gives a variety and is a balanced diet.
Do they bite?
Generally, no. But if they do they will warn you first. They will open their mouth wide and hiss, it is a sign that they are frightened and may bite. We have never been bitten by our opossums.
Do they smell?
The animals themselves do not smell, but their pee/poop does have a slight odor. If you don't clean the cage often it will begin to stink. Using a litterbox helps.
Are they a good kids pet?
Out of all the exotics we keep, these are the best choice for kids. They are the easiest of all our exotics. They make better pets for kids than hamsters and other rodents, because rodents have very sharp front teeth, and will bite without warning. Opossums will not. Their diet is a simple mix of foods mentioned above. You can get those at any pet store and mix it yourself, or we sell it here on our site! (check out the store!) They also live longer than hamsters.
How long do they live?
The average lifespan is 4-5 years. Some live up to 7 years old.
Do they need vet care?
They do not need shots, but a health checkup never hurts.
Should I get more than one?
No. They are very independent and will fight if kept together. Only get more than one if you will keep them in separate cages.
How much do they cost?
Our prices start and $75 and some go up to $150.
Price includes a food sample, birth certificate, and sleeping pouch.