Friday, August 30, 2013

Playing Possum

Often accused of acting like it's dead, or "playing possum", an opossum is actually not faking it.

When confronted with a threat the opossum will launch into an involuntary response causes the animal to fall over, bare it's teeth, and even secrete a foul smelling fluid from its glands to make it seem less appetizing. Opossums cannot voluntarily wake up from this state and usually do not regain consciousness for 1-4 hours.

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