Robinson’s Mouse Opossum, scientifically known as Marmosa robinsoni, is a small marsupial species found in specific regions. Here is some valuable information about this intriguing opossum:
Robinson’s Mouse Opossum is a small-sized opossum, measuring approximately 4 to 5 inches in length, with a tail length of around 5 to 6 inches. They have soft fur, which is typically reddish-brown in color, with a lighter underbelly. These opossums have a compact body, large eyes, and a long, slender tail, which helps with balance and grip.
Robinson’s Mouse Opossums are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night. They are excellent climbers and spend a significant amount of time in trees, foraging for food. These opossums are omnivorous, feeding on a varied diet that includes fruits, insects, small vertebrates, and plant matter. They are solitary animals and mark their territories using scent glands.
- Exclusion: Seal off any potential entry points to your property, such as gaps in fences, crawl spaces, and attics. Use sturdy materials like wire mesh to cover openings and prevent opossums from accessing your home or garden.
- Secure food sources: Opossums are attracted to easily accessible food. Secure trash cans with tight-fitting lids, remove fallen fruits from the ground, and avoid leaving pet food outside overnight.
- Habitat modification: Keep your yard clean and tidy, removing brush piles, stacked firewood, and other potential hiding places that may attract opossums.
- Repellents: Use natural repellents, such as ammonia-soaked rags or predator urine, near areas where opossums are causing problems. This may deter them from frequenting those areas.
- Motion-activated deterrents: Install motion-activated lights, sprinklers, or noise devices near areas where opossums are causing issues. The sudden activation of these deterrents can startle and discourage them from returning.
- Seek professional assistance: If opossums become a persistent problem and none of the above methods are effective, it is recommended to contact a licensed wildlife control company experienced in humane removal. We provide appropriate advice and assistance tailored to your specific situation.
Robinson’s Mouse Opossums are native to specific regions of Central and South America, including countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia. They inhabit various types of forests, including tropical rainforests and cloud forests, where they can find suitable food sources and shelter.
Robinson’s Mouse Opossums are wild animals and are not suitable as pets. They have specific dietary and environmental requirements that are challenging to meet in a domestic setting. It is crucial to respect their natural habitats and allow them to thrive in their native environments rather than attempting to keep them as pets.
Like many small mammals, Robinson’s Mouse Opossums have predators in their natural habitats. They are preyed upon by larger carnivorous mammals, such as snakes, birds of prey, and small carnivores like foxes and weasels. These opossums rely on their agility and ability to escape to avoid predation.
If you have any concerns or require professional assistance in managing opossums, please reach out to us at Arete Pest Control. Our experienced team is ready to provide you with expert advice and effective solutions tailored to your specific needs.