Baby opossum

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by joyce987, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. joyce987

    joyce987 New Egg

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    We found a dead mama opossum with only two babies alive. Their eyes are open, they don't seem injured, and they are 3 inches long at the most not including the tail. They don't seem to pee or poop on their own I haven't seen them do it when I try to stimulate them either. Right now I have been using pedialite and water and also 1 part puppy formula that starts with an e I can't remember the name, 1.5 parts water and 1/3 part heavy whipping cream. They aren't used to it yet they will lick it up a little bit but not much. Is that normal? What can I do to get them to eat? Also how much and how often should each one be eating? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. joyce987

    joyce987 New Egg

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    Also if anyone knows when we Need to take them in to get their shots that'd be great to know. And if we need a permit to have them in the state of Florida
     
  3. cassie

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    If you poke around the internet you should be able to find what to feed them. I have no idea what you would get them shots for. I don't know if you need a permit to keep them or not. Whenever I have had wild animals I just kept my mouth shut and went on my merry way. Not saying you should do that.
     
  4. chrissym

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    Opossums are not the easiest to rehab, they need to eat every 2 hours at that size. Even at night. You do need a class III wildlife permit in Florida. Your best bet is to find a local wildlife rehabilitator to help you out.
     
  5. joyce987

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    I got them to eat out of a bowl and they love it they've been going to the bathroom Now. How much should they be eating
     
  6. cassie

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    Google "raising orphan opossums" or something similar and you should find information on how much they should be eating. I did look and there is information to be found. Once you get them over the hump care should be easy. I had an opossum for several months until someone left a door open and it wandered out. Since they are omnivores, they are easy to care for. Mine was older than yours when I got it. I fed it dog food and various vegetables.
     

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