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How to tell if a opossum is dead or play dead?

I saw a dead opossum but I didn't know if it was dead or not bc it's eyes were open

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I have rescued several oppossums myself. Generally, they are gentle and people scare them to death. I have been told by wildlife rescue people that some mother 'possums will accept orphans in their pockets and raise them as if they were their own. They hiss, stink like nothing you've ever had before, but they are not all bad. To tell if they are really dead, just step a distance away, stand very quietly and watch, they won't stay "dead" for very long once it's safe.

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Opossums will bite, and have been known to have rabies. If you see one, "playing dead" or not, you should just leave it alone.

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Shoot it again

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stare at it...just stare........forever.......................................O.O

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pinch his nose if he bites you he was playing dead

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poke it with a very long stick

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See if it is breathing or not

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