Retired naturalist Barry Laga had this take on Bill Anderson's toothy opossum.
The original Wild Thursday about the opossum above is posted here.
In defense of opossums from your Sunday "Mail Bag"Pretty interesting.
Opossums not only have teeth, but use them in a different way than most mammals. Humans, dogs, cats, raccoons, etc all have 32 teeth, but the opossum has 44 (I believe). They are very docile to handle and rarely bite, but when frightened, will not hesitate to show you all his extra teeth. For the most part, the intimidation factor usually works well!!
Unchanged on this earth for the better part of 50 thousand years, the opossum is natures "garbage-man". Eating a wide variety of whatever foods it can find. Slow, & unattractive (to some) seem to be the "possums" negative faults. They are mistaken for rats by most city folks. Their rear foot print resembles that of an infant (human) child. On the plus side, opossums rarely attack, do not tear up houses like raccoons, bark like dogs, or rip up bird feeders like them @#$%& squirrels!!
Not bad for being retired from the Lt. Red School House for over 10 yrs !
And dead on about those ``@#$%& squirrels.''