Opossums give birth to an average of 9-13 babies, and the babies stay with their mother for an average of two to three months. Mother opossums carry their young in their pouch everywhere. They do not put their babies. Lets first determine if they are real orphans. Im an orphan if, im next to my dead mother. If Im wandering around by myself and smaller than 8 (dont include my tail) I basically can fit in the palm. Then call a rehabber. Their bodies become stiff. You can actually pick them up at this stage and assume that they are really dead. They will not move. The only way to tell if they are still alive is to pay close attention. Their stomach will go up and down ever so slightly. Humans will be able to tell, but other animals will not. When the opossum feels that the danger is over, they just get up and walk away. Baby opossums range from a size of a bumblebee up to fitting in the palm of your hand. If you feel comfortable doing so, its best to remove the babies right away. This can easily be done by holding. Also, the headlights from the vehicles cause the opossums to freeze, just like a deer. And, if the car is approaching them too fast, they might think its a predator and play dead, not realizing that it is soon. Most opossum orphans are caused by motor vehicles. Mother opossum is walking across the street and then whack. Some people ask, Why they are so slow? Why didnt she run? Can you run with 13 babies attached to you. They will release themselves from their Mom. When taking the babies from the mother, have a box ready with plenty of soft fabric. These babies get cold very machine a sous gratuite free fixe acheter machine a sous vide darty fast and they need to stay warm to survive. Reasons for separation are, mother was chased and the baby fell out of the pouch. Mother knows that she cannot take care of it and left the baby behind. Mother was killed and the babies are wandering on their. Playing dead is an involuntary response. When threatened or harmed, the opossum goes into an involuntary stateplaying dead. They are mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. Their lips are drawn back, teeth are bared. Opossums are North Americas only marsupial. Marsupials are pouch animals, just like kangaroos. The minute the babies are born, they crawl up into the mothers pouch and stay there until they are able to go off on their own.