|The opossum is
a fascinating creature from the tip of its nose down to its toes!
||This is the front foot or paw.
Notice the soft, delicate skin and small nails. The opossum is not
capable of doing a lot of digging. Opossums are sometimes seen feeding
themselves with their paws.
|Look at the opposable
"thumb" on the rear foot! Not many animals have thumbs. The
useful anatomy allows the opossum to grasp and hold branches in a manner
similar to a human hand. They also use the feet to groom themselves. The
tail usually leaves a drag line in the dirt between the tracks.
Kids: Sprinkle flour
in your yard at night, with parents' permission. Check in the morning
and see if you can find opossum prints. Maybe you will find other
animals tracks, too!