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Meet Texas’ most misunderstood critter

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 by Tai Moses

Photo by daynaw3990/Pixabay.

Pop quiz: 1) What’s the only marsupial native to North America (and common in Texas)? 2) What mammal is rarely a vector for rabies because its low body temperature inhibits the virus? And 3) What critter is the subject of this month’s installment of the Wild Neighbors Speaker Series? If you answered opossum for all three questions, you win! (OK, the photo gave it away, but we couldn’t resist.) Wildlife rehabilitator Guin McDaid, who has made the acquaintance of many an opossum over the past two decades, will reveal why the opossum is North America’s most misunderstood wild animal and why they are so beneficial to humans and the environment. She’ll also share some fascinating details about opossum behavior and habitat along with “a long list of interesting facts about why we should protect and cherish” them. Friday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m. Register here.

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