They make great pets because of their size and friendliness to their owners. When you go looking to buy a STO make sure to do your research on the breeder. Some breeders do not interact with their short tailed opossums which makes them be a little harder to handle at first. With the majority of STO, they can be trained to come to their owner with proper handling.
STO’s make great pets for families. I wouldn’t buy one if you will make it a pet for a young child. On the reverse side families with a good deal of exotic pets with young children appear to manage and care for these little guys with a lot more care.
College aged and teenagers do really well with these guys since they do not have a lot of requirements as pets. Short tailed opossums may also manage the crazy hours that college kids have. While they may be handled and will come to you after they get used to you. Some people think they are not very affectionate, but after owning one for 3 years I would say that is not so.
STO’s can be nippy through the first couple of weeks after you purchase one. This is due to the stress of the new surroundings. You should give them at least one week to get used to their new home. Then start handling them every other day. This will help keep their anxiety level down.