The following question was sent to the P&PDL
diagnosticians here at Purdue University:
wife and I have been trying to find out if there is a special
name for a baby opposum. We have looked everywhere and when we
found your home page we thought that since this is a university
that if a special name exists that maybe you could let us know
what it would be OR that there is not one. Thanks very much for
your time and I hope that you can help us.
like kangaroos, are marsupials. But unlike kangaroo babies
(called joeys), there is no special designation for baby
opossums. They are simply referred to as young. In Mumford's
book Mammals of Indiana, he does refer to "pouch young'
to indicate the very early development stages that take place
in the pouch, but once the baby opossums have developed toes
and fur, they are simply called young. While researching this
question, I did receive some interesting suggestions as to what
baby opossums should be called: pups, papooses, larvae, and (my
favorite) grubs. Newborn opossums do sort of look like pink grubs.
courtesy of AAAnimalControl.com - See
more pictures of baby opposums
-- Judy S. Loven,USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services
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