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Unsafe Foods for Short-Tailed Opossums

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Unsafe foods are dangerous to opossums because they can cause harm or injury to the animal due to their attributes.


  • Wild Insects (may carry diseases or pesticides)

  • Dairy (causes diarrhea in large amounts)



Unhealthy foods won’t necessarily cause lasting harm to opossums but should still be avoided because of the negative impact on their health.


  • Beef and Pork (too much fat)

  • Other High-Fat Foods

  • High Sugar Foods

  • High Sodium Foods

For more information on foods that are safe to feed to your opossum, see our article on Feeding Short-Tailed Opossums.



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