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Water-Opossum

WATER-OPOSSUM, or YAPOCK (Chironectes minimus), the single representative of the genus. This animal is distinguished from other opossums by its webbed hind-feet, non-tuberculated soles, and peculiar coloration. Its ground colour is light grey, with four or five sharply contrasted brown bands passing across its head and back, giving it a very peculiar mottled appearance; the head and body together are about 14 in. long, and the tail measures a little more. It is almost wholly aquatic in its habits, living on small fish, crustaceans and other water animals; it range extends from Guatemala to southern Braz.il.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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