Why are possums so hard to kill?!?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sobek, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Sobek

    Sobek Chirping

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    The possum started like twitching and rolling around? It's most likely dead right??? I thought it was dead the first time :l but
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    You have to shoot them in the head or heart for a proper kill, otherwise it's a long slow death. :hmm
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I'm not certain as to why they are so hard to kill, but their hardiness is why they have survived since the time of the dinosaurs.
     
  4. Aceoky

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    They're known for "playing deal' (playing possum)
     
  5. Fishkeeper

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    Small brains, thick skulls, and low metabolisms. Kinda like reptiles. Also, they play dead.
    Please go and kill it properly. Crush the brain, stop the heart, or both. Preferably decapitate it to be sure. Even pest animals deserve a clean death. Possums have a very low rabies risk and aren't the fastest animals, you have absolutely no reason not to go out and put it out of its misery.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Somewhere in the recesses of this old brain :old, I too thought it had something to do with a very primitive nervous system. "Even pest animals deserve a clean death" - I am in complete agreement with this.
     
  7. MissChick@dee

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    Yep shoot him again. And again Iffin ya need to.
     
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  8. centrarchid

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    I am going to scare you all. We are making a den and setting out water for our "pet" opossum that lives in the barn.
     
  9. MissChick@dee

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    Want me to send you a couple skunks to keep him company?
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    This opossum is decidedly anti-social so that will not be good. Bad for bio-security anyway.
     
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