Opossums are highly adaptable creatures and there is no telling where they'll turn up-such as this quiz. All of the answers to these questions pop up somewhere in the Bay Naturalist column on the back page.

1. The opossum gets its name from "apassum," the Algonquian name for the animal. What does appassum mean?

A. Long nose
B. Naked tail
C. Pouch mother
D. White beast

2. Which best describes what is going on when an opossum is "playing possum?"

A. The animal is in shock.
B. The animal is pretending to be dead.
C. The animal is swinging by its tail from branch to branch.
D. The young animals are playing hide 'n' seek with each other in their mother's pouch.

3. The opossum is North America's only marsupial. What are most marsupials known for?

A. The mothers carry their babies in pouches.
B. Their fur glows in the dark.
C. They came from Mars.
D. They have naked tails.

4. What time of day are you most likely to see an opossum?

A. Morning
B. Midday
C. Afternoon
D. Evening

5. How many teeth does an opossum have?

A. 28
B. 36
C. 50
D. 62

6. True or false? The opossum's tail is so strong that the animal hangs from it while it sleeps.

7. True or false? Baby opossums ride on their mother's back.

8. Opossums eat:

A. Snakes
B. Rats
C. Dead Animals
D. All of the above

9. How many baby opossums are born in an average litter?

A. 2-8
B. 3-10
C. 5-13
D. 7-16

10. How do baby opossums find their way to their mother's pouch?

A. They are born there
B. Their sense of smell
C. Their mother's saliva
D. Special hairs on their mother's belly

Solution to Possum Pals!

1. D 2. A 3. A 4. D 5. C 6. False 7. True 8. D 9. C 10. C