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Talking Possum

Posted by meilie z7 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 1, 05 at 17:59

Have you ever witnessed a possum talking? I have a pair that have visited my yard this year and while I was standing near my pond, feeding my koi just after dusk, I happened on to the pair who were foraging in my garden. I think they were hunting for slugs and other jucie delights and they didn't know I was nearby. They were wandering around about 5 ft. from each other and one was giving a repeated and constant "click, click, click", very subtle but enough to be heard 10 feet away.

I don't know if this was a mating call or idle chat, but until they spotted me, they were calmly foraging and walking around. After my presence was known, the talking stopped and they proceeded to find cover and an exit. I had expected a growl or warning call, but there were no other verbal sounds as they retreated.

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RE: Talking Possum

The male makes the clicking with his teeth, usually as a preamble to mating. He will follow her around making the click until she lets him 'have his way' then she gives him the ol heave ho. possums usually save hisses and threats for desperate situations. If there is a retreat path, they will take it.

RE: Talking Possum

Mother possums also make a very quiet, click...almost like a little tic sound to their babies.

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