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10 false animal facts most people think are true

By: Melissa Breyer on April 28, 2014, 3:17 p.m.

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Opossums hang by their tails

While it’s true that opossums have mighty tails and use them with great facility, they do not generally hang from them and they certainly don’t sleep in such a position. While a baby may hang from its tail for a few seconds, adults are too heavy to do the same. And although opossums can't hang from their tails, they do have opposable "thumbs" to make up for it.