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Injured Adults can be found year round - injured or orphaned babies are found late February to October.  You can not reunite babies with their mother.  

Is the animal injured (Bleeding, broken bones, wounds, deformity, etc.)? 

• If YES, contact your nearest rehabilitator.

• If NO, opossums that are at least 8 inches long from tip of nose to the base of the tail (do not include the tail) are old enough to survive on their own in the wild and do not need human intervention, unless injured or malnourished.

If the opossum appears sick or malnourished, contact a state licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Opossum babies are often found crawling around next to their dead mother, as well as in the mother’s pouch, [often after the mother has been killed by a car] and will not survive at this stage without human care.


Opossums remain in the mother’s pouch until they are two months old. Between two and four months of age, they may ride on their mother’s back and are dependent on the mother for help in finding food and shelter.

Warming the animal is very important - click here for How to Warm.


Let a possum rehabber decide what is best after they have all the information. Sometimes the animal is too weak to run or walk away and then they are attacked by another animal. All injured or compromised animals need to be kept warm! Do not give food or water. Wear gloves at all times, keep the animal warm and call a rehabber.

NOTE : Each animal’s nutritional, housing, and handling requirements are very specific and must be met if the animal has any chance of survival. Cow’s milk and milk replacers will make wild animals sick.  Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a state permit.