On April 2, I posted a comical video in which a rather chunky opossum ran right towards me until, within less than a meter, it realized that I was a monstrous bipedal threat. Going through my photo collection on my phone, I realized that, before I realized that a video would be better I had taken a still photo of the possum squabble that precipitated that encounter. I noted then that the possum in that video was considerably smaller than its adversary, which is the larger, paler blob in the still photo:
I'm reasonably sure that this diesel Didelphis is a male, because they get considerably larger than female conspecifics, and this is the largest opossum I've ever seen. As I was leaving work in the morning, I took a brief, non-optimal video of this chunk while juggling a couple of bags. Check out the massive cranium on this critter:
Needless to say, I am a fan of this absolute unit. I don't know what the growth rate for Virginia opossums in New York State is, but one thing that bums me out is that these critters rarely live more than two years in the wild (with the exception of populations on predator-free islands), so I'm going to have to enjoy the company of this chonky boy while I can.