Adult opossums are roughly the same size as large cat and their distinguishing features are their long light-gray hair with a scaly tail that is equal to about half the length of its body.
A typical opossum will look to take up residence within an existing structure including garages and underneath your building. Their main consideration is to set up a base that is within an easily commutable distance from a food source.
Since the opossum is an omnivore, it is not really fussy about what it eats. Homeowners can often detect that they are on their property when they encounter them either around the garbage cans or in the attic. Look out for a damaged lawn too, as they can cause damage while digging for grubs.
You will find that opossums are not community-minded creatures, so you will generally discover one family rather than many in or around your home. Their typical reproduction cycle involves having a maximum of two litters, with as many as 13 in a single litter. Their gestation period only lasts for 13 days and the mother will then nurse her young for about three months, until they are fully developed.
The opossum is the only marsupial living in North America that is actually a relative of the kangaroo, with their abdominal pouch being a noticeable similarity. A fundamental difference between an opossum and a kangaroo is that the opossum is renowned for being a sluggish animal. Unlike its close relative, it has an unfortunate ability to produce a repulsive smell which is very unpleasant if you encounter this odor in your attic or anywhere else for that matter.
If you do notice or smell an opossum in your attic or anywhere else on your property, you should exercise caution before trying to get rid of it as local regulations may well mean that it is protected. Attic Guys can help you resolve the issue and deal with the situation on your behalf.