Opossums do not hang by their tails though a baby opossum might be able to manage this feat for a second or two but weight and body size in proportion to tail strength rule out the possibility . The common brushtail possum has large and pointed ears its bushy tail hence its name is adapted to grasping branches prehensile at the end with a hairless ventral patch its fore feet have sharp claws and the first toe of each hind foot is clawless but has a strong grasp. Why the possums tail is bare retold by barbara shining woman warren possum once had a very long bushy tail he was so proud of it that he combed it out every morning and he always sang about it at the dances. An opossums tail and opposable thumbs on the hind feet come in very handy because they are the primary tools an opossum uses to climb trees an opossums tail is hairless long and very flexible and capable an opossum climbs trees either to run away from predators or to find food in birds nests eggs or young birds
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