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Marsupial

Virginia Opossom

See also: Opossums (Encyclopedia of North Carolina); Slow Poke the Possum; Heidi the Cross-Eyed Opossum

"Virginia Opossum." Photo by NC Wildlife Resources Commission.Session Law 2013-189, signed June 26, 2013, gave North Carolina the following state symbols: state fossil, state frog, state salamander, state marsupial, state folk art, and state art medium.

Excerpt from Session Law 2013-189, House Bill 830:

Whereas, the Virginia opossum is native to North Carolina and is the only marsupial found in North America; the female carries its underdeveloped young in a pouch until they are capable of living independently, similar to a kangaroo; and

Whereas, the Virginia opossum is one of the oldest and most primitive species of mammal found in North America; and

Whereas, the Virginia opossum is about the size of a large house cat with a triangular head; a long pointed nose; dark eyes; a long, scaly, prehensile tail; and short, black, leathery ears; and

Whereas, the Virginia opossum is nocturnal and lives in a wide variety of habitats, including deciduous forests, open woods, and farmland but prefers wet areas such as marshes, swamps, and streams...

§ 145‑44.  State marsupial.
The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is adopted as the official marsupial of the State of North Carolina.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 2013. "Gov. Pat McCrory signs HB 830, making the Pine Barrens treefrog and marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and making the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial."

Additional Resources:

Sumner, Perry W. "Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)." North Carolina Wild. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Learning/documents/Profiles/opossumvirginia.pdf. Accessed 6/29/2013.

Image credits:

NC Wildlife Resources Commission. "Virginia Opossum." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474317245988919&set=pb.169986143088699.-2207520000.1372511503. Accessed 6/29/2013.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 2013. "Gov. Pat McCrory signs HB 830, making the Pine Barrens treefrog and marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and making the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial." https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=474317242655586&set=a.4743169126.... Accessed 6/29/2013.

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how many babies can the normal opossum have at a time and how many species of opossums is there in the world i hop you get thi question,

thank you,
Charlotte

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Hi Charlotte,

Possums have up to 20 babies in a little and they are as tiny as honey bees.  Fewer than half survive. Here's a web page from National Geographic with more info: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/opossum/

And there are more than 65species of opossums, only one is native to North America.

I hope this helps!

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

 

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why don't you have adiuo

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thanks so much

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why do you always say whereas?

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Hello --

That's a great question!

So -- the use of the word "whereas" in this NCpedia entry is in the actual text of a North Carolina law.  

The word "whereas" dates back to Middle English, and it is commonly used in very formal language, particularly in documents like laws, legal and court papers, and things like official proclamations. And in those types of documents, it often appears in a preamble, or introductory content.  It means something like "considering the matter" or "taking the facts into consideration."

I hope this helps! And thanks for asking this question!

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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