Mouse Opossum

Mouse Opposum, Pampas, Bolivia
The mouse opossum is, in fact, the size of a mouse. But it isn’t a rodent at all. It’s a marsupial, and more closely related to a kangaroo than a rat. There are 55 different species of mouse opossum in Central and South America and they are all nocturnal. I came across this one well after dark while camping in the Pampas region of Bolivia.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 260mm) ISO 200, f/6.3 at 1/60th of a second, two Nikon SB-800 flash units

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9 Comments

  1. mom December 19, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    oohh look at the webbed feet? why is that?

  2. Peter Butterfield December 19, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Opossumly handsome little creature, has the omnivorous look of the Australian marsupial mouse.Great capture!

    • Sean Crane December 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Hey Peter, they certainly do look like the sugar gliders from Australia.

  3. anamaria December 19, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    so many specialty features in such a little one. thank you for the daily reminders of how wonderful nature is.

    • Sean Crane December 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      You’re welcome Anamaria, the variety of creatures in the world can certainly amaze.

  4. Shardae December 19, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    NEW PET!!

  5. michael huber December 20, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    oh he is so cute looks like he could be cute little pet. , pic.

  6. Lawrie Taylor December 20, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Brilliant shot Sean!

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