Our latest specimen receiving a dermestid beetle cleaning is a large male Virginia opossum or Didelphis virginiana. It is commonly known as the North American opossum since it is the only marsupial found in United States!

Unfortunately, our male was hit by a car but the majority of his skeleton was saved to teach osteology with for years to come. Take a look at three limbs worth of bones that have been cleaned so far.

For more photos and information on Didelphis virginiana check out their page on the Animal Diversity Web here.