Opossums aren’t picky about where they live as long as it is near a stream or swampy wet area. They can be found in densely wooded areas or just as easily in open fields. Opossums can be found creating their burrows in piles of wood, brush, in tree cavities, and in hollow logs. They prefer, however, to burrow underneath the ground and will do so under gardens, foundations, lawns, and along sidewalks. Opossums can, unfortunately, also be found burrowing in attics, crawl spaces, and in garages and sheds.
Opossums are nocturnal and are omnivores; this means that they will hide during the day in their burrows and come out at night to feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be found feeding on foods such as: pet food, garbage, decaying animals, insects, fish, fruits, seeds, and grains.
In order to defend themselves against other predators opossums will growl, hiss, screech, bite and scratch; and if all of those tactics don’t work, they will “play dead” to try and outwit the predator. Opossums are very smart creatures having the same or better cognitive abilities as the domestic dog.