What is a Virginia Opossum and what are some of its characteristics?

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The Virginia opossum is widely known throughout North America. The "Virginia" epithet is somewhat misleading because nothing about the state of Virginia is particularly relevant to the animal. Its habitat encompasses virtually the entire United States, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada. One of the opossum's main distinctions is that it is the only known naturally occurring marsupial currently found in these regions.

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