Opossum Mating Habits

The Tampa opossum is a marsupial. Other members in this category include the koala, kangaroo and Tasmanian devil. Usually, marsupials give rise to young that are fetal like after a very brief gestation period. The young ones nurse for a long period. The placenta of the opossum is not invasive and it acts to transfer waste and nutrients for that short gestation period. Because of the fact that the placenta doesn’t function for a long time, the young have to come to the world early. At birth, the young are barely embryos and they have to climb with a motion that looks like swimming in the abdomen of the female and then latch to a teat. The female Florida opossum has a pouch that is well developed

The Reproductive System
The Tampa opossum reproductive system is something that has for a long time been held in fascination by many and very interesting folklore has been developed. There was once a myth that the male mated with the females through the nose and that she had to sneeze her young to the pouch. This was believed to be true because of the size of the baby Florida opossums at birth. The birth of an opossum isn’t so easy to witness. The female reproductive tract is internal and it is bifurcated.

The Male Sperm
This is another interesting aspect regarding the Florida opossum. The sperm heads usually align so as to pail within the reproductive tract as the sperm matures. Sperm is then ejaculated in pairs and within the female, they still remain paired until just before fertilization occurs and they separate. This is a process that is very fascinating and no one really understandswhy it occurs. It also only occurs on the marsupials within America but not those in Australia. It may be because the pairing increases the motility of the sperm within the female tract and it may help in the protection against acrosomes as they make their way in the tract.

The Breeding Season
This may differ according to the area and the weather prevailing there. Florida opossum can start in December and through to October. Many of the infants are born in between the month of February and the month of June.

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