Chicago Wildlife Watch Talk


  • rayfranchi by rayfranchi

    Can anyone identify what this is? Seems to have no tail...


  • DZM by DZM admin

    Good question. I will defer to the excellent scientists. 😃


  • 33hummingbird by 33hummingbird

    Looks like a possum to me. I have seen many at my house with broken off tails. Don't know if they froze off, or was it an encounter with a coyote.


  • mason_UWI by mason_UWI scientist

    This is an opossum. In the northern part of their range (e.g. Chicago) opossum tend to get frostbite on their toes, ears, and tails over the winter. This little marsupial will generally only make it through one winter, but they tend to have better over-winter survival rates in urban areas than they do in the forest (more food, shelter, etc.).