Common Animals in Lodi

  1. Opossums
  2. Raccoons
  3. Skunks

Habits & Habitat

The opossum is a house cat-sized mammal (4 to 14 pounds) with a long and pointed face. Although they are very common, opossums are not often seen due to their nocturnal habits. They eat a wide variety of foods including:

  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Garbage
  • Insects
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Pet food
  • Vegetables

Opossums are found in many different habitats from woodlands to highly developed residential areas. They have been found living in many places that offer protection, including:

  • Attics
  • Chimneys
  • Garages
  • Under houses and decks
  • Woodpiles


Opossums are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water, and shelter. Tight fitting lids should be kept on garbage cans. Pets should be fed during daylight hours and any leftovers removed immediately, water bowls should be emptied or taken in at night; gardens should be frequently harvested. Food should never be intentionally left out for wild mammals.

Close off any open vents to your home and repair any area that may provide an entrance either under or into your residence. This includes pet doors, which should be locked at night. The opossum can be kept away from roof areas by trimming tree branches 10 feet from roof and by keeping climbing plants trimmed away from eave areas.

Legal Protections

It is a violation of California state law for any wildlife to be kept as pets. California Fish and Game Regulations prohibit the relocation of opossums and other wildlife without the written permission of Fish and Game.