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Don't Kill Those Possums #7389967 12/30/18 05:01 AM
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Well, who'd a thunk it? It turns out the lowly possum serves a benefit.

Possums: Killers of Ticks

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Great info up


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They will get a pass from me from now on up

"I had no suspicion they'd be such efficient tick-killing animals," Ostfeld said.

Indeed, among other opossum traits, there is this: They groom themselves fastidiously, like cats. If they find a tick, they lick it off and swallow it. (The research team on the project went through droppings to find this out. All praise to those who study possum poop.)

Extrapolating from their findings, Ostfeld said, the team estimated that in one season, an opossum can kill about 5,000 ticks.

What ecologists are learning is how complex the interaction of ticks and mammals can be.

For example, foxes probably serve as a host for ticks seeking a blood meal. But foxes are great at killing white-footed mice -- the species in the environment credited with being the chief reservoir of the Lyme bacteria.

Likewise, Ostfeld said, opossums, waddling around at night, pick up lots of ticks. Some ticks end up getting their blood meal from the possum. But more than 90 percent of them ended up being groomed away and swallowed.

"They're net destroyers of ticks," Ostfeld said.


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Iíve always given them a pass.


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Around here I haven't see a tick in years. The fire ants have wiped them out.

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In the woods they get a pass, around the chicken coop all bets are off.

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I give them a pass or relocate them, depends how I feel at the time.

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They get a pass from me. When I first built the house I'm in now we found a possum on the back porch about weekly, so often I kept a "possum stick" on the back porch. A hand snare made of PVC pipe and a piece of rope, and a possum cage we nick-named the "Drunk Tank" after George Jones. (points if you get that reference). I'd drop the open cage in a creek bank on the way to work and pick up the (hopefully) empty cage on the way home.

I had no idea what the tick-eaters they are, I've just always thought they were so ugly they're cute. And yes, I have seen them crawl out of dead cows.


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I catch them all the time when trying to catch the feral cats around here. Just open the cage and let them go.

Let my Lab out one morning and she brought me back one with a bunch of babies. Had to round them all up and give them back to thier momma who was unharmed by the Lab.

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'Jury's still out on whether they eat quail eggs. 'Kill 'em all 'til I know for sure.


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Drivers in Mt Vernon didn't give them a pass this weekend,,saw several dead in the middle of the road.

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and fox's, they eat the rodents ect that host the ticks


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With these tic eating animals and animals that eat animals with tics... why do we still have tics?
I blame pigs, it is always the pigs.


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Oh they eat quail and eggs I assume. Raised quail and the stinky buggers would reach through the chicken wire and grab hold of a quail and eat him alive while pulling chunks out of them. I kill em'.


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Yeah they prolly do attract a lot of ticks. I seriously doubt that they can remove the majority of tick infestation on their body as they simply cannot lick most of their body surface. The data from the study would seem to indicate these critters are highly infested with ticks.

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My wife has a ďpetĒ one that lives in the creek behind the house. Fat little sucker, well fed on table scraps...


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Thanks for the info.

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No free pass from me. I control their population just like coons.

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Always give them and dillos passes

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No reason to kill something if Iím not going to eat it and Iíve tried possum ONCE....never again.

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Originally Posted by TooLow
Always give them and dillos passes


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Not only ticks, but rattlesnakes, copperheads and water mocassins are also on the menu. Opposums are immune to snake venom and get a lifetime free pass.

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Originally Posted by Cast
Iíve always given them a pass.



Same here, their lifespan is so short I figure what the hell, they dont usually cause a big problem anyway. Easy to trap and relocate if needed.


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Originally Posted by majekman
No reason to kill something if Iím not going to eat it and Iíve tried possum ONCE....never again.

I kill mice, rats, and coyotes, I am not eating them


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Never saw the reason for killing them in the first place. Don't see where they do any harm and they are kind of cool. One of the few mammals that have remained unchanged for millions of years. There are fossils of possums that are nearly identical to the ones wandering around today. Can't say that about many things. Possums and dillos always get a pass from me, just have no desire to kill or bother them.


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