| Brown Four-eyed Opossums get their common name from the color of their fur and from a cream-colored spot over each eye. They have comparatively long legs and very long, almost hairless tails. These forest dwellers are nocturnal and shy. They spend most of their time on the ground and run rather than climb if danger threatens. Like other opossums, they are not picky eaters, consuming everything from fruit to mollusks, amphibians, reptiles, birds, eggs, and small mammals.
Females of this species do not have a pouch; folds of skin hide the nipples. The number of mammae can vary: 5, 7, and 9 and litters of 1-9 have been recorded. Lifespan is probably 3 or 4 years.
Head and Body: 217-299 mm; Tail 303-405 mm
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, É., 1803. Catalogue des mammifères du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 272 pp, p.142.
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