Brown Four-eyed Opossums are tiny marsupials with huge eyes that look a lot like rats. They Can be found in all forested habitats of Costa Rica but specially in the South Pacific Region. So come with me to learn more details about them:
1. It gets its name from its brownish to yellowish fur color and the creamy white spot above each eye.
2. It is a strongly nocturnal, terrestrial and omnivorous animal, feeding on fruits, small vertebrates and invertebrates.
3. This tiny animal has an average of 40 cm in total length and weighs as much as 1 pound.
4. The Brown Four-eyed Opossum builds nests made of leaves and twigs in tree branches or under rocks and logs.
5. Females can give birth twice a year and can have up to nine young at the same time. The mother takes care of the young for six months after birthing.
6. These guys are usually haunted by humans because they eat their crops. This has made them become another endangered species. What many people don’t know is that they actually help by reducing plagues like cucarachas, termites and ants.
7. The young / baby of a brown four-eyed opossum are called ‘joey’. The females are called ‘jill’ and males ‘jack’.