They make great pets because of their size and friendliness to their owners. When you go looking to buy a STO be sure to do your research on the breeder. Some breeders do not socialize with their short tailed opossums that makes them be somewhat more difficult to handle at first. With the majority of STO, they can be trained to return to their owner with appropriate handling.
I wouldn’t buy one if you will make it a pet for a young kid. On the reverse side families with a good deal of exotic pets with young kids appear to manage and care for these little guys with far more care.
College aged and teens do really well with these men since they don’t have plenty of requirements as pets. Short tailed opossums may also manage the crazy hours that college kids have. While they may be dealt with and will come to you once they get used to you. Some people today think they are not very affectionate, but after owning one for 3 years I’d say that’s not so.
STO’s can be nippy through the first few weeks after you buy one. This is a result of the stress of this new surroundings. You should give them one week to become used to their new house. Then begin tackling them every other day. This can help keep their anxiety level down.