This Opossum in the palm tree in the garden of the house we’re renovating, was disturbed by the garden service we employed to clear out the undergrowth. He scuttled up into the tree and didn’t move the whole day. I wonder if he has any family members living nearby. I was reading that these creatures are quite harmless and can be beneficial for the garden, as they eat snails, slugs, insects and even small rodents. They aren’t aggressive, even though their defense hissing makes them appear quite vicious. When they’re really threatened, they pretend to be dead, which is where the saying, “Playing possum” comes from.