Just as we stepped into the road from our driveway, I had to hold Duncan back as he lunged excitedly towards the grass on the other side of the road. "I gotta go, I gotta check this out, Come on come on!" He insisted . I could see two little 'bear' ears. Not moving. So I took a closer look...
A motionless opossum, not moving even a little bit, so I could zoom and snap this picture. He was only about 10 feet away. I've never seen an opossum around here up until now!
Opossums (Didelphimorphia) are not native to California but they're common enough, judging by the unfortunate road kill examples one sees. They are native to the Eastern USA. Did you know they are the only marsupial in North America? - And they have a prehensile tail!
And they do play dead!
This and more info can be found on Wikipedia here