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Do opossum hiss?

Have you ever been kept all night by strange sounds which you figured were produced by animals? Did you ever hear sounds at night so loud and scary that you could not sleep? This is not unfamiliar at all, especially if you are living in an area known to be filled with possums.



If you are wondering what sounds opossum make, you may want to know that generally possums produce sounds when they are threatened. When a possum feels that it is being threatened, it produces a low throaty growl. However, before it gets to the growl stage, it may seem to start hissing at first. It would all depend on the degree of threat that the possum faces. First, it will start with a low hiss, which may go louder, and until it gets to being a growl. So, as a straight answer to our main question on whether possums hiss or not, in short, yes possums do hiss.

At night, opossums can become real scary with their hissing sounds. However, hissing is not the only annoying sound that they produce. You may also hear them run all over the roof of your house, and they may become an annoyance. Sometimes, the sounds and the running around may be caused by the mating season when possums fight for territory. That is why you would hear them fighting during the night, and since in a fight opossums will feel threatened, then they will produce this hissing sounds. Also, opossums may have to fight with other types of animals over territory.

If the sounds they make become a great source of annoyance and you decide to get rid of them, you may want to call a professional. In some areas, possums are a protected species and you would be breaking the law if you were to poison them. In addition, using poison to kill possums may result in killing other animals such as dogs or cats and you would not want to do that. It is very important to know the procedures and the law in your area, and preferably call a professional to take care of your problem. Professionals can catch them and take them to a registered vet to euthanize them. You may not want to try to catch them yourself as they can become aggressive and hurt you.

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