Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum
Mammals of Peru
Mammals of Bolivia
Mammals of Argentina
Mammals of Chile
Mammals of Peru Forum
The Elegant Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum (Thylamys elegans) is a species of opossum in the Didelphidae family. Its head-and-body length ranges from 106 to 121 millimeters. Its tail length ranges from 115 to 142 millimeters. Its tail is swollen (it stores fat in its tail) and has fine hairs all over it. Its fur color varies, but it usually ranges from light gray to light brown. The sides are lighter, and the ventral fur is white, possibly with gray or yellow mixed in. There is a dark patch suurounding each eye, extending towards the nose. Femlaes have been reported to have nineteen nipples. Females give birth to around eight to twelve (up to fifteen) young per litter. In Chile, the breeding season is from September to March, producing about two litters. An elegant fat-tailed mouse opossum makes nests in various places. It eats mainly arthropods and their larvae, but it also eats fruits, small vertebrates, and possibly carrion. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, at altitudes from sea level to 2500 m.
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