|My Country Critters
Considered to be good luck
Litter box trainable
Not a rodent
Will eat pests
Marsupial / no pouch
Have 50 teeth
Live about 4 yrs
Has opposable thumbs
|Considerations- STO’s should not be housed together once they are mature.
Fighting is likely. They are nocturnal by nature but have no problem playing if
awakened. Remember they need their rest too. They have poor eye sight so let
them smell you before picking them up. They should be kept at a temperature
range between 70-85 degrees.
Diet- There is a wide variety of things that work for short-tailed opossums. They
can eat opossum or ferret food supplemented with an insectivore diet. A variety of
treats should be offered, including mealworms, crickets, hard boiled eggs, fresh
fruit and vegetables.
Water- Use of a water bottle is the most sanitary form of watering. They must have
clean fresh water at all times (they can dehydrate very easily).
Caging- The cage should be at least a 20 gallon aquarium size. The more room
the better. STO’s enjoy climbing so higher is better. Wood shavings can be used
for bedding. They will go to the bathroom in one corner similar to a ferret. Do not
place the cage in a high traffic area, in direct sun or drafty places. They are very
good escape artists BE CAREFUL. Use a secure lid and don’t leave them out
Toys- They should be given a nesting box, exercise wheel and climbing material. It
has been reported an STO’s can run up to 8 miles per night.
Warning signs- Loss of hair could be a protein deficiency. Diarrhea could be from
new foods. Always consult an exotic vet immediately if a problem arises.