The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight!
At 18–30 pounds, most coyotes weigh about twice as much as most opossums.
Sensitive hearing, keen eyesight, and a great sense of smell help the coyote find prey — and avoid scarfing down things that could make it sick.
Anal glands emit green mucus that can discourage predators like the coyote from chowing down while the opossum is out cold.
Why do opossums play dead? They can’t help it. Fright makes them faint until the threat passes.
If the coyote still threatens when the opossum wakes up, the possum won’t hesitate to hiss, lunge, and show its teeth.
Kind of a toss-up this time. If the coyote is really hungry, it might tear into the opossum. If it has eaten recently, it might pass up such a stinky, snarly snack.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill