This mama opossum showed up on our camtrap, carrying five young on her back. With the infrared flash reflecting in 12 eyes, she almost looks like a Christmas tree.

The second photo shows an opossum with the tail wrapped around a bunch of leaves. These will likely furnish this animal’s nest.

Photos such as these illustrate how we can get information on the timing of breeding and the size of litter from camera traps.

Opossum with five young caught by a camera trap

Opossum with five young caught by a camera trap

Opossum carrying leaves with her tail

Opossum carrying leaves with her tail