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Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« on: December 24, 2020, 02:55:19 PM »
Got a varmint I was sure was a
skunk. Dark black fur with white
on the back and back of head.
Well looking a little closer, it had
the big possum rat tail.
I don't have a way to post the
crappy picture I took.
Fairly heavy, between 8 and 9
pounds. I guess it's been at
the neighbor's cat food buffet
she keeps out 24/7

Anybody ever seen a skunk
colored possum like that?
Every one I've ever seen or
caught was the regular silver
grey color

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2020, 02:59:31 PM »
  Hard to decide whether skunk or possum?  Possums are marsupials.., if it is a female, it should have a pouch hiding somewhere.
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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2020, 03:43:27 PM »
    Yes ,black possums are fairly common around here .

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2020, 04:05:05 PM »
Nutria maybe?
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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2020, 04:29:04 PM »
No, it's a possum
I've just never ever seen a dark
black black one with white, always
the classic grey color with the lighter
undercoat. Very strange and rare in
this area

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2020, 04:30:10 PM »
Even the face is black instead of
the classic creamy white

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2020, 04:42:44 PM »
Nutria maybe?
Nutria are usually brown.
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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2020, 07:10:47 AM »
It could be a skunk with mange, a hormone problem or some other reason to lose the hair off it's tail and therefore look rat-like. A possum has a broad triangular shaped head and bald ears. The skunk ears should have short fur.
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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2020, 10:37:26 AM »
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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2020, 11:21:13 AM »
Definitely a possum.
No question of that. But looking at a trap
set and seeing black black fur and white
white accents makes me not want to approach
a trap until I know for sure what's there.
From a distance, my first thought was caution! Skunk!
I've caught enough possums in every kind
of trap to fill up a bobtail truck.
But every one up until now has been the
classic silver grey with the creamy white
face. The big XXL rat tail is an easy
give away if it's not tucked up underneath
like it was this one

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2021, 12:51:11 PM »
The first one must have been making
a lot of babies.
Fits right in with the neighborhood.
I've caught 7 more since the first post,
and they've all had dark black patches
of fur.  Caught one today while I went
on an errand

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Re: Possum skunk? Skunk possum?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2021, 12:06:33 PM »
I once caught a beige colored one, and saw a tanned one at the fur buyers, very interesting color and makes a nice tanned hide.