Profile
Memberlist
Calendar
Search
Today's Posts  
Pets and Wildlife Forum
Register
Go Back   Pets and Wildlife Forum > Wildlife > Opossums

Opossums All about Opossums.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-06-2010, 10:38 AM
raccoonmom's Avatar
raccoonmom raccoonmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 12
Default Anybody have trouble with possums chewing off each others tails?

We got in a litter of 9 babies last fall. Everything went well until they were about 12-14 weeks old. They started chewing on each others tails. They had tons of room, lots of food and we don't know why they did that.
We talked to one opossum rehabber and she said that she said that some of them just did that and she didn't know why. The only thing she found to work was to seperate them all when they started bothering each other.
Just wondered if anybody else had any input before we get more babies this spring.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-06-2010, 10:42 AM
MissDolittle's Avatar
MissDolittle MissDolittle is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,813
Default Re: Anybody have trouble with possums chewing off each others tails?

Wow! No I never heard of that nor did I ever had it happen. I'm curious to learn more about this!
__________________
MissDolittle
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator (Texas)
Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened!
Rainbow Wildlife Rescue - Kittenbaby - Puppyeducation - Wildife Blog
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-06-2010, 11:49 AM
Bear's Avatar
Bear Bear is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Eustis, Florida
Posts: 363
Default Re: Anybody have trouble with possums chewing off each others tails?

Me neither
__________________
Wildlife Education Warrior
http://www.wildlife-education.com/blog/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-13-2010, 04:09 PM
possumsrus's Avatar
possumsrus possumsrus is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 56
Default Re: Anybody have trouble with possums chewing off each others tails?

Metabolic bone disease can causes Cannibalism in opossums. Any form of cannibalism means someone is sick. Did you deworm them, and give prophylactic antibiotics. Something as simple as feeding to much fruit, or protein can cause it. For a animal that can eat anything in the wild, there diet is so specific in captivity. Another cause could be a mistaken bite to a littermate which exposes blood than the blood lust begins and they all go wild, similar to the first time they get crickets or mealworms.

One more cause could be Dermal Septic Necrosis. The tail looks like some one has chewed on it , here is a link with some info and pictures.

http://www.opossum.org/commonmedical.html#dsn[/url]
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-14-2010, 09:01 AM
MissDolittle's Avatar
MissDolittle MissDolittle is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,813
Default Re: Anybody have trouble with possums chewing off each others tails?

Thanks for the info!! That some interesting stuff!
__________________
MissDolittle
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator (Texas)
Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened!
Rainbow Wildlife Rescue - Kittenbaby - Puppyeducation - Wildife Blog
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:13 AM.


Rainbow Wildlife Rescue - Kittenbaby - Squirrel Rescue - Puppy Education - Lost & Found Pets - St Augustine Florida pet friendly vacation rentals

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.6.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.