The Possum

..... they came to Ontario as tourists
and decided to stay!

Ontario Possum in a tree

The Possum, or Virginia Opossum, is not native to this part of Southern Ontario, but began to arrive here several decades ago, from the USA, and appears to be breeding successfully in this area.

We hope you find our website interesting and hope it tells you everything you might want to know about this, the only North American marsupial.

The Opossum of North America is a different species than it's Australian cousin, although, both are marsupials which means that they give birth to babies at a very early stage of development.

At birth, these little critters are about the size of a Kidney Bean!

The young then crawl to the mother's pouch and latch onto a nipple, where they stay and feed for about 2 months, until they emerge from the pouch to face the outside world.

Here in Southern Ontario these little creatures are mostly seen at night, as they check out the garbage cans for dinner, or at the side of the road, dead.

They have adapted to living with people in the countryside and in small towns, but have not adapted to the presence of fast moving cars.

Sadly, hundreds of them are killed each year on our roads and highways.

In the past few decades, it seems that some poor unsuspecting Opossums have taken a nap on a stationary train or truck somewhere in the Southern States, and woken up to find themselves in Canada, with no way for them to get back.

These reluctant little immigrants settle in, breed and manage quite well in their first summer here, but when the cold winter arrives things get tough for these little marsupials.

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Several of our readers have sent reports to us, about their Possum sightings, which you can read by following the links below.

Lisa tells us about the Large rat-like animal she spotted, and a reader from Orangeville reported seeing a Small white animal by the side of the road.

We saw a Possum! was sent to us by Explorer from Brampton, and Paul tells us there are Possums in Barrie

Margaret in Brampton says she saw Another Possum in Brampton and Fernando from Cambridge says he told the one he saw to Get out of my garage! and Lori from Bowmanville had a Backyard visitor late one night!

Three other reports came to use recently, of sightings, which you can read - a reader from Odessa, just west of Kingston, Ontario, said she had a Possum sighting two readers, Colin & Claudia sent this information More sightings

These little marsupials are not well adapted for our cold northern winters and here in Southern Ontario I have seen some animals with bits of their ears and tails missing, due to frost-bite, however, they are still here and seem to be growing in numbers.

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POSSUM FACTS

According to the Opossum Society, litter size can be up to 13 babies, and the mothers feed their babies in their pouch for 2 - 3 months.

They are then carried around on the mother's back for another 1 - 2 months.

Adults are about the size of an average house cat and are solitary, nocturnal and gray in colour.

If alarmed and unable to escape, the possum may fall into a state of shock and unconsciousness, and may appear to be dead,
hence the term "Playing Possum"

Although they prefer to avoid confrontation, these gentle, placid little creatures will hiss, growl and show their teeth when cornered!

They are true omnivores and will eat insects, snails, rodents, berries, fruit, grass and leaves, eggs and vegetables.

They suffer predation by dogs, cats, Hawks, and Owls, and of course, humans (and cars).

The National Opossum Society has lots of information and photos about this little creature, its lifestyle and habits.


If you would like to read Possum reports from previous years, you can read them below.

Possum Sightings from 2013

Possum Sightings from 2014


Let us know if you spot a Possum!

They're here and they sure are getting around!

Let us know if there are Possums in YOUR part of Ontario!

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Belleville Possum 
We have a feeding area set up on our back deck to feed the strays and the occasional raccoon and skunk! Last year this strange little thing …

Possums all round southern Ontario 
Don Sparkes from Oshawa wrote ... last September there was a small kitten-size Possum in my blue recycle box. At first I thought it was dead, …

London Possum 
This little guy decided to pop by for a visit while we were sitting out on our patio. Even though it didn't move when we walked up to it, it stayed …

Windsor Opossum 
I let one of my three Shih Tzus out for a quick bathroom break before bed. Being's the weather has been a bit chilly at night - I left the patio door …

Opossum in North East Oshawa 
I caught an Opossum in a small squirrel trap where I set a mouse trap in it to find which animal is eating the mice that were caught in the mouse trap. …

Southern Ontario Possums 
On February 27, 2016 Kevin from Hampton, Ontario, saw a Possum in his recycling bin! Mal from Whitby told us ... I just saw two Possums strolling by …

Caledon Rail Trail near the Credit River bridge  
We were out for a walk along the Caledon Rail Trail near the Credit river bridge and we spotted this on the side of the trail. The mother stayed very …

Toronto Opossum Sighting (Broadview Avenue) 
Today while walking our dog we discovered an Opossum! We found it in a very odd place. The opossum was hiding under a green box on the front steps …

Ontario - Possum Paradise 
Brenda from Brighton, Ontario, wrote to say ... Last night my husband and I saw a possum feasting on left over cat food on our neighbor's deck. She had …

Beaverton Possum 
A week ago we saw a baby Possum under our garage deck. Cute little thing. We did feed it dry cat food. The weather was mild and then turned cold and …

Hamilton Possum 
I spotted this little Opossum in my backyard.

Possum in Toronto 
I live in Toronto (Scarborough, the east end) and my dogs were after something in my yard last night which appeared to be dead. It was dark in that …

Baby possums found alive in dead mother's pouch 
My neighbour's dog killed a Possum and he threw it over the fence. I went to bury it and found some babies still alive in the pouch, even though the …

Oakville Possum 
We live in Oakville, and we just found out we have a visitor who decided to sleep at a corner outside our house. It looks like a baby Possum.

Guildwood Scarborough Possum visitor 
Our cat got up last night, March 10, 2015, around 9:30 pm to stare out the patio doors. It turns out we had a Possum visiting the stale trail mix I …

March 2015 Possum 
Spotted at Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Whitby, Ontario. This Possum was trudging through the snow, poking its nose into the snow looking for food. …

Is this a possum? 
I live in Oakville, Ontario and was preparing the breakfast a couple of days ago and an animal like a rat was in my backyard. I seems to be a rat, …

King Street and Berkeley Street in downtown Toronto 
I came home Shortly after midnight on February 24, 2017. A creature I had never seen before was at my doorstep and I had to look it up to …

Brampton, Ontario - large adult possum, multiple sightings  
Sighted a Possum in the back yard around 8 am on January 11, 2017, in Brampton, Ontario (North Park Drive and Nuttall Street area). The …

Night time visitor Not rated yet
This mature male Virginia Opossum has been visiting our bird feeders almost every evening all winter. With Spring only a few days away, we …

Fall Possums in Ontario Not rated yet
Paul from Caladon East, Ontario, wrote to report ... I spotted a Possum wandering my back yard at around 8:30 pm, when my security light was activated. …

Possums of Autumn Not rated yet
Last August Shane Ronald from Etobicoke wrote to say ... a Possum was on our fence at 11:30 pm and my dog was going crazy growling and barking, …

Toronto possum on King Street East Not rated yet
I arrived shortly after midnight on February 24, 2017. This fat little guy was in the shrubs at my doorstep, I had to look him up to identify …

Possum over-wintering in Grimsby Not rated yet
A Male Virginia Opossum has been over-wintering in our neighbour's back yard debris. Although he is leaving tracks in our yard near the base of the …

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Possum spotted near Trinity Bellwoods Not rated yet
I spotted this Possum one around 9:30 pm sitting by the curb in a residential neighbourhood near Trinity Bellwoods Park in central Toronto. …

Possum near the Rouge (Toronto) Not rated yet
I took the dog for a walk a little while ago, February 18 2017, and she attempted to bolt and make a friends with this little guy. It was a warm night …

Possum sighting on fence in back yard Oshawa Not rated yet
Hubby was going to let out puppy out at 11:20 pm for her night pee, when he noticed her barking before the patio door got open. He saw this thing on …

Georgetown Possum Not rated yet
We live in the country and enjoy feeding our birds in the winter. Not only do we get squirrels, but this year we got a new little friend! …

Near Nobleton, Ontario Not rated yet
This Opossum scurried up a tree as we were walking in the conservation area. It was bitterly cold, with snow on the ground, so I hope he/she …

Possum sighted December 24th 2016 Not rated yet
One of our cats chased this one up a fence. Thank you for sending your charming picture of your visiting Possum. That's a good sized Possum, …

Barrie Ontario possum  Not rated yet
This evening my hubby heard a noise out on our back deck. He went to investigate and saw an animal in our recycling bin. We couldn't tell …

Leamington Possum Not rated yet
December 22 2016. A Possum resting on fence early morning. Thanks for these adorable pictures - we will also post this on our facebook …

August Possums Not rated yet
On August 1st a reader from Grimsby, Ontario wrote to say ... I opened a cabinet drawer in my garage and there it was sleeping, it scared the …

Possums in Mississauga Not rated yet
Saw a Possum in my Mississauga backyard yesterday Nov 15th 2016. Thank you for sending these great pictures!

Old South London Possum Not rated yet
On our porch! Because I left pumpkins out.

Daily visit from my little Buddy Not rated yet
I've had a few Possums that wander into my garage/studio through the cat door, they quite often come in even if I'm out there doing some computer work. …

July Possums in Southern Ontario Not rated yet
One of our readers wrote on July 3 ... We saw an Opossum last night running across our neighborhood street in East Scarborough. We were a bit scared at …

The Possums of Summer Not rated yet
This past summer we received many reports of Possum sightings ... here they are! In May, Jill from Markdale said ... I saw a Turkey Vulture on the road. …

Opossum in backyard Not rated yet
Whitby visitor at 10.45 pm around Fallingbrook and Dryden area. Was on top of our fence and our dog saw it. Poor thing was scared.

Possum in Carrying Place, Ontario Not rated yet
We live in a semi rural area on the waterfront on the Bay of Quinte. Last evening, around 10:30 pm I spotted a "whitish" mid to small size animal coming …

Little Possum on front window Not rated yet
A small possum is sitting on our front window ledge, driving our indoor cat crazy!

2016 August 10 I caught a possum in my trap Not rated yet
I caught this Possum in my Havahart cage at 4:30 am on August 10 2016

An Opossum in our BBQ! Not rated yet
While my husband and I were on vacation this July, my son went out to barbecue some supper one evening and saw two beady eyes staring up at him from beneath …

Niagara Peninsula Possums Not rated yet
Mary Lee Bryson wrote to say ... We have an Opossum that seems to have a route it takes nightly. We were afraid of it until we read your information. …

London Possum in the tree Not rated yet
Had a little southern visitor in my backyard tonight. It was much smaller than others I have seen and had white tipped ears.. My dog was barking …

Possums in London and all points south Not rated yet
Hazel from London wrote to say ... I was walking home the other night with some friends when we saw a raccoon-sized animal with a ratty face and tail …

Early morning breakfast Not rated yet
Two Possums showed up this morning in our backyard, in the north end St Catharines, Ontario.

Toronto Possum spotting Not rated yet
I spotted this Possum right outside my house on a busy street. M4M

Morning visitor Not rated yet
6:00 am May 21st 2016 I spotted this Possum on my fence in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.

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Possums heading North Not rated yet
Over the last little while we have been getting reports from people a little farther north than usual - the Possums are spreading northward! Teresa …

Possums in the GTA Not rated yet
Brittany Field wrote to say ... I was walking in my area in Oshawa, Ontario, and found one dead on side road. I've never seen one of theses ever in my …

Plenty of Possums Not rated yet
May 12 2016 Nancy Phillips from Hamilton wrote to tell us of her Hamilton Mountain Possum sighting ... Two nights ago we had a full grown possum in our …

Scarborough Possum Not rated yet
Coming home around 7:00 this morning (April 20, 2016) I saw a Possum crossing the road. I got out of the car and took a picture and video because …

Markham Possum Not rated yet
I have a Potter's kiln in my back yard shed. It is just warm enough that the Possum is very happy to stay inside while I am firing my kiln. …

Late night visitor Not rated yet
We feed feral cats on our back porch (some are quite friendly!), but we do get a few raccoons or skunks as visitors for the kibble or fresh water. …

Downtown Toronto near Maple Leaf Gardens Not rated yet
Our Golden Retriever was crying and scratching the back door to be let out, and once out we discovered it was not the usual raccoon on the back fence but …

Pleasant Surprise Not rated yet
It was 4:30 on a Friday in March 2016. There was 2 feet of fresh snow as the Possum wandered up onto my porch. It was very cool to see one for the …

Possum In Lindsay Not rated yet
We have one visiting our back yard. We put out food for bunnies. We live in Lindsay, Ontario. You can see more reports of animal sightings …

Toronto Possum Not rated yet
My daughter put some bird seed on a plate outside for the birds when it was cold. What a surprise one morning when this Possum showed up and started …

Scarborough Possum  Not rated yet
Found this fellow in my backyard this morning (Finch and Brimley area) - February 3rd, 2016. My son spotted it. We took couple of pictures as we …

Possum in London! Not rated yet
My husband and I were walking through Greenway Park / Springbank Park in London, Ontario, watching for Bald Eagles. A woman was standing …

Possums and more Possums Not rated yet
A McCormick from Moss Park, Toronto said ... I have seen two in the last two months, an adult and a baby. Setting in my backyard about nine o'clock in …

Possums on the move Not rated yet
Leona from Mississauga wrote to say ... I happened to look out our kitchen sliding doors tonight and, seeing movement there, assumed it was the usual raccoon. …

Oshawa Possum Not rated yet
I was about to throw some cans into my blue bin this morning, but there is a Possum sleeping in there. It's still there!

My dogs caught a Possum this morning in my backyard! Not rated yet
I live in Kitchener, Ontario, and this morning I was looking out my kitchen window to the backyard and saw my dogs running behind our waterfalls. …

Possum in Barrie Not rated yet
Possum spotted crossing the road in the south end of Barrie. Moved slowly.

Various Possum Sightings Not rated yet
We have had a host of Possum sightings recently! Bibi from Brampton, Ontario, wrote to say ..... Yesterday I went to move the vines covering my bird …

Possum in Toronto Not rated yet
I spotted a Possum in my backyard around midnight on May 2nd. Took a picture but it is not the best quality. This was on Glencairn Avenue, just …

Possum in Toronto Not rated yet
Spotted a Possum in my backyard around midnight on May 2nd 2015. Took a picture but it is not the best quality. This was on Glencairn Ave, just …

The Possums of March Not rated yet
A reader from Port Perry, Ontario, wrote to say ..... No pix to share, but a large Possum just passed the window under a stand of cedars. Caught the cats …

Possums in and around the GTA Not rated yet
On March 14th 2015, a reader reported ..... Sighted a Possum this morning running across a neighbours lawn. Etobicoke area Eglinton/Lloyd Manor. …

Spring Possum in Brant County Not rated yet
I live in the County of Brant, near the Brantford airport. This little guy had a long stare down with my German Shepherd Dog. Neither of them …

The Possums of early March 2015 Not rated yet
In the first couple of weeks of March, we received numerous reports of Possums sighted around the province - here are some of them that you may find interesting. …

Backyard Possum Not rated yet
Possum hanging out in the backyard in Scarborough, Ontario! Thanks Anne, for sending us these cute pictures!

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Possum in Toronto May 1, 2014 Not rated yet
Took some pics of a little dude wandering around in our neighbourhood last May. He trundled past our house and then in between some nearby neighbours' …

Toronto (Sheppard & Kennedy) Not rated yet
This Possum would rather walk on a window ledge to avoid walking in the snow. Photo taken March 9. I can see him now, peeking out!

Belleville Possum Not rated yet
It first appeared in backyard in fall and suddenly re-appeared March 8, looking very weak and hungry. Was fed dried cat food and ate every pellet tossed …

Holland Landing Possum Not rated yet
Holland Landing Ontario - one has been hanging around the back door at my place of work all day today. Iv'e made many calls due to his unusual behavior …

Possum in Stoney Point Not rated yet
When we came home today, this Possum was on top of the neighbour's composter. He/she watched us unload the groceries and didn't mind getting his/her …

Plenty of Possums sighted Not rated yet
Marilyn from Cobourg said ..... I am pretty sure we have a small Possum in our garage. I saw a brown and white animal with a long tail run from my garbage …

More Possums Not rated yet
Marly from Waterdown, Ontario, wrote to say ..... My large Standard Poodle caught a Possum one night. I managed to get her to drop it. Fortunately she …

Our Guardian Possum Not rated yet
I have a possum and he's living in my backyard, although I've yet to determine where. Since October I've been hearing leaves rustling in our backyard …

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