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Hear some fascinating facts about this little marscupial. There of many things that make opossums special and important to North American neighborhoods.

The opossum is one of Earth’s oldest surviving mammals. They have existed for at least 70 million years! Fossils have been discovered of the opossum from the Upper Cretaceous Period—dinosaurs still wandered the earth then. The ancestors of modern-day opossums survived the meteor that killed the dinosaurs.

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Making Connections


Did you know anything about opossums before reading this book? What new things did you learn?


Have you read any other books about marsupials? If so, how were those animals similar to and different from the opossum?


Do you think opossums are important animals to have in neighborhoods? Explain your answer.

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