The Brazilian Short Tailed Opossum(STO) is one of my favourite marsupials. They make great pets due to their size and friendliness to their owners. When you go looking to purchase a STO make sure to do your research on the breeder. Some breeders do not interact with their short tailed opossums that causes them to be a little harder to handle at first. With most STO, they can be trained to return to their owner with proper handling.
STO’s make great pets for families. I would not buy one if you are going to make it a pet for a young child. Short tailed opossums spend most of the day light hours sleeping in their hide, so younger kids seem to get bored after a while. On the reverse side families that have a good deal of exotic pets with young kids appear to handle and care for these little guys with a lot more care.
College aged and teenagers do really well with these men as they don’t have plenty of requirements as pets. Short tailed opossums can also manage the crazy hours that college kids have. While they may be dealt with and will come to you after they get used to you. Some people think they are not very affectionate, but after owning one for 3 years I’d say that’s not so.
STO’s can be nippy during the first few weeks after you buy one. This is a result of the stress of the new environment. You should give them one week to become used to their new house. Then begin handling them every other day. This can help keep their stress level down. Just ask Raccoon Removal Round Rock TX