• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Virginia Opossum

Virginia Opossum
Virginia Opossum
Alden M. Johnson, California Academy of Sciences
 

Natural History: The Virginia Opossum is a nocturnal and omnivorous marsupial. It primarily eats carrion and insects, but fruits, berries and grains, green vegetation, earthworms, and fungi may also be important. It builds nests of leaves and other material in hollow snags, logs, rocks, piles of brush, or in the burrows of other animals. Its breeding season is January-February and June-July in California. This mammal is highly adaptable and very tolerant of humans.

General Distribution: Native to the southeastern U.S., this species was introduced to California in 1910. It has since spread throughout the state east of the Sierra. This species may occur in all parts of the Presidio.

Frequency: Within the Presidio this species is uncommon.

Identifying Characteristics: The opossum can be distinguished large, rat-like body with moderately long gray to silver fur. It has a long scaly, prehensile tail.

 

Did You Know?

The San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio

The National Cemeteries Act was based on the principles articulated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address--"that these dead shall not have died in vain." Passed by Congress in 1863, the law established thirteen cemeteries to inter veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.