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Audubon - Virginian Opossum

John James Audubon (1785-1851)
John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862)
Virginian Opossum
Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
New York: J. J. Audubon, 1845-8
Hand-coloured lithograph

The Virginian opossum is the only marsupial found north of Mexico. Marsupials are distinguished by their unique mode of reproduction in which the young are born in an almost embryonic form and carried in the mother’s abdominal pouch where they are nourished.
“Shown here with a persimmon tree, of whose fruit it is fond.”

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