In Pasadena, TX, skunks are plentiful and problematic. When disturbed, they spray a smelly oil that leads to nausea and stains human skin and animal fur. Also, their ability to spread rabies endangers the lives of people and pets. Opossums in Pasadena are less likely to carry the rabies virus, but are troublesome nonetheless. They habitually root through trash bins and co mpost heaps in search of anything even remotely edible. Acrobatic and agile, opossums are known for both infiltrating attics and digging under sheds while looking for areas to den.