Is There More to the Dead Possum Than Meets the Eye?

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Dead Possum Meaning

Although at first, it may appear as a menace, the possum does more good than harm. It eats tiny pests, including cockroaches, snails, rats, mice, and even snakes. Therefore, seeing a possum is a good sign.

You must be worried about the meaning behind the dead possum and it is always an unpleasant sight to see any dead animal, let alone a cute possum. So, if you want to learn more about the spiritual meaning behind this encounter, you are at the right place. 

Stick around to learn about how its natural characteristics may relate to your current state of mind and future. We will analyze the dead possum meaning and also interpret your possum dream by digging deeper into your subconscious mind. 

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What does it mean when you see a dead possum?

Possums are symbols of resilience and adaptability. On the other hand, a dead possum symbolizes the importance of making the right decisions at the right time. Its death was also sent on your way to remind you how short life really is and to cherish family before anything else.

The cycle of life

The possum has a relatively short life span. It rarely gets to live to its two-year maximum. Seeing a dead possum is a reminder of the transcience of life.

Death does not only symbolize the end of life. It could also be related to the death of old habits and the death of old you. You are entering a new phase in life. Better times are coming your way.


The possum may not be the fastest runner nor the strongest fighter. However, it can survive using an unusual technique: playing dead. Its ability to think fast allows it to escape the most dangerous predators. Check this video of a Wild Opossum Playing Dead

During this involuntary response (called apparent death) which may last up to four hours, the possum will do the following things:

  • Become stiff
  • Lie on its side
  • Fixate its eyes or close them
  • Bare its teeth
  • Stick out its tongue
  • Drool or have white foam coming out of its mouth
  • Give off a bad smell
  • Poop or excrete green fluids
  • Not respond to poking

The dead possum could be your sign not to overthink your decisions. Although an important decision lies ahead of you, remember that speed goes a long way. It is good that you saw the dead possum, it was sent before you to keep you on your toes and react more on the spur of the moment.

“Reagan promised everyone a seven-course dinner. Ours turned out to be a possum and a six-pack.”

Jim Hightower

Family relations

The possum is known to take good care of its babies. After their birth, they remain in the mommy possum’s pouch for some time. Even when they are old enough, they ride on their mum’s back to stay safe and learn new survival skills. They take their time to mature. 

Seeing a dead possum could mean the opposite for you. Your relationship with your parents may not be the strongest. This could be your reminder to pay your parents a visit and make an effort to bond with them. Do not forget that your parents are your safe space. 

possum playing dead

Dead possum spiritual meaning 

The possum is an ancient creature. It roamed the Earth with the dinosaurs, over 65 million years ago. So, what spiritual meaning could this living fossil hold?


The possum is known for its big appetite. Their cause of death is often linked to their scavenging for food in the most unlikely places. Therefore, their behavior sends the message to stop chasing earthly pleasures. Let us focus on feeding the spiritual side.

“Keep a close eye on those that play possum and hide in the shadows, just waiting for their time to strike! That’s when you’re most vulnerable. When you’re surrounded by friends.”

– Joe Reyes

Play pretend

There is always more than meets the eye. The dead possum could signal that not everything is as it seems. This is your sign not to be too gullible when dealing with people. It takes a certain level of experience and maturity to recognize right from wrong and the drop of truth in an ocean of lies. 


The possum is naturally friendly, avoiding aggression and conflict at all costs. It is also not territorial. It will only show teeth if it gets provoked or frightened. 

Therefore, finding it dead symbolizes your ability to stand up for yourself. You should always fight instead of freeze when found in an unpleasant or even dangerous situation. Running away from problems is rarely a good choice.

“I’ve eaten weird things through the course of my life. I’ve eaten wild game, I’ve eaten possum – possum’s no good.”

– Chris Pratt

Dead possum dream meaning

Dreams are best interpreted when we consider our emotions toward the object of our dream. Did you think the possum in your dream was dangerous or rather cute? Were you happy that you got rid of it, or did you feel sorry for finding it in that state?

The dead possum provides comfort for your sorrow. Your subconscious mind sends it to help you channel your grief. Feeling sad for the possum’s faith could represent your feelings toward your own life. You have lost something dear to your heart. It could be a person or even a part of yourself. Sometimes it is a good thing to feel sad or even cry. 

If this wild animal attacked you in your dream, you have to ask yourself does it have to do anything with a real-life situation. If a possum once attacked you, you might be relieving this frightening moment from real life.

If a possum has never attacked you, then the possum is a symbol of your wild side and hidden desires. The dead animal could mean you are unwilling to let this side of you come to the surface. You are trying to bury it.

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What to do if you find a dead opossum?

Don’t panic and take the easy route

When you find a deceased is a wild animal like a raccoon, opossum, skunk, cat, etc., most people seem to be a bit clueless about what to do.

Don’t worry if you find a dead animal on your property. There are actually some pretty good explanations for why it happens: most of the time only the cycle of life had come to an end.

Scooping a dead possum into a bag and discarding it is the most typical method of disposal. Make sure you’re safe no matter what approach you use. Put on gloves, dig with a spade, then wash your hands well. This attention to safety will guarantee the security of you, your loved ones, your pets, and everyone else participating in the project.

Call out for help

If you want to be on the very safe side, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Don’t touch it – that’s the first step you need to take. The best way to handle a dead animal is to contact a local wildlife rehabilitator immediately. They’ll tell you what needs to be done and provide instructions for safely dealing with the situation.

Check if its “playing possum”

If you think that a dead animal lying in the road or in the yard is actually playing possum (playing dead), try to move the body to a secure place and wait for at least four hours before disposing of it. If you see an opossum that appears to be injured or you find a solitary baby possum, please contact City Wildlife immediately.

Final thoughts

Seeing a dead possum symbolizes that we cannot avoid your problems forever. Sometimes, no matter how much we try to avoid trouble, trouble finds a way to reach us. 

However, having problems only means we are alive. Conflicts are part of life. It is important to be moderate in everything we do, to have the courage to fight for ourselves, and not let false friends lead us on the wrong path. 


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Author: Bryan Samoy
Bryan, an expert in spiritual symbolism and animal totems, conducts research on symbolic traditions worldwide. Contributions on our blog from Quezon City, Philippines.

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