Possum spray smells like a rotting, dead animal.
This smell makes their playing-dead “act” more believable, and it drives predators away.
It is basically an odor emitted from one pair of possum anal glands.
of Possum Spray
Anal Gland Fluid
The secretion is malodorous and greenish, and they may mix it with droppings or pee.
Other Ways Possums Protect Themselves
To do the alligator mouth, possums gape their mouth and bare their teeth threateningly.
Another way possums keep predators away is to cover themselves in drool.
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