Cool post Rip! I knew that they were resistant to rabies virus, but didn't know about their resistance to snake venom.
When my kids were very young, we had one that came around & would appear to be playing with the kids thru the glass at a sliding glass door. We didn't have any pets around back then, so would leave some food out for it once we saw it hanging around & that seemed to be healthy. It only showed up at night, and as long as we stayed in the house it didn't appear to be alarmed by our presence. Over the years I've had them get into my garage & stay awhile. Very adaptive animals.
When I did a lot of trapping I caught them quite often. Not a bad fur for fly tying either. The underfur makes excellent dubbing & the fur with some of that underfur removed makes nice wings on small streamers. I've used it on Bonefish type patterns too. The black tips adds a different look to them & the fur is easily dyed. Makes some interesting Zonker strips too if the hide is tanned.
I've tried many types of meats from wild critters I've hunted or trapped, and have heard the meats from opossums is good, but because they have a less than favorable smell to them, it's one animal I never had the desire to eat.
When I lived in Miami, one snuck into our house one night as we opened the door to leave, and it disappeared. It chewed the insulation off the wires on the lamps and extension cords, for 2 days since there was not much else to eat. Any food left out got ants in it so every thing stayed in the refrigerator. It's last supper, so to speak, was a gob of extra chunky Jif peanut butter, which went on the trigger of a big rat trap.
And yes, they do stink. I threw the trap out with the 'possom, not worth cleaning it up.
My brother was camping with his 4 yr old son and sometime during the night he awoke to his son hollering "dad dad look, it's the ugliest cat I ever saw". Gotta love kids...
If you ever see one crawling out of a dead cow it will change your mind about eating one.
Agree 100 % !! Never saw the cow thing but two dead and bloated deer were on the bank of the Delaware and one had the skinniest tail I had ever seen (looking for bucktail for tying) . Then the tailend of the Whitetail came to life! Guess what crawled out? Creepy!
Great article Rip !
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