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Long-Nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)
Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus), Queensland, Australia
Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville)
Southern Brown Bandicoot
The bandicoot is a small-sized marsupial found across Australia. There are eleven known species of bandicoot found in the Australian wilderness, and despite it\'s rat-like appearance, the bandicoot is thought to be more closely related to a rabbit.

The bandicoot is natively found on the Australian mainland and it\'s surrounding islands. Due to their small size, bandicoots can be an easy target for hungry predators and are therefore found in more overgrown habitats including forests, swamps and thickets where there are plenty of places to hide.

Bandicoots are very similar in appearance to the rat as they have long, pointed heads and snouts and a short and compact body with a long, thin tail. Despite this though, bandicoots are about the size of a rabbit and use their powerful hind legs to hop around in the same way. The average sized bandicoot is about 50cm including it\'s tail although male bandicoots are often double the size of the females.

The bandicoot is a nocturnal animal meaning that it spends the daytime hours sheltering in bushland and along creek beds, coming out under the cover of night in order to hunt for food. Bandicoots are also very solitary animals, generally only coming together to mate.

The bandicoot is an omnivorous animal meaning that it\'s diet is made up of both plant and animal matter. The bandicoot primarily hunts for and feeds on insects which it finds scuttling around in the leaves or just below the surface of the ground. Bandicoots also nibble on fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, eggs and even small rodents when they are in search of food.

Due to it\'s relatively small size, the bandicoot has a number of natural predators in it\'s environment including large birds, foxes, snakes and wildcats. Dingoes and pythons are the most common predators of the bandicoot across Australia.

The bandicoot is a marsupial meaning that the female bandicoot has a nursing pouch on her belly in which to nurse her developing young. Bandicoots have one of the shortest gestation periods of all mammals, with the young being born just 12 days after conception. Female bandicoots usually give birth to a litter of 3 - 6 young who continue to develop in their mother\'s pouch until they are strong enough to venture into the outside world.

Sadly today, seven out of the eleven known bandicoot species are considered to be either critically endangered or extinct. The decline in bandicoot numbers has been a direct result of both habitat loss and the introduction of small carnivores such as cats, with the European settlers.


Bandicoot Comments (4)

doris

"I live on a 1/2 acre block & have several bandicoots running around. They are quite tame & my husband & I feed them when they come to the front door - they love salt free peanuts, gingernuts & or milk arrowroot biscuits & grated cheese. Their eyesight is poor but they have very sharp little teeth which latch onto your finger when given the chance. We also feed the birds & they happily mingle. "

ryan jones

"all info awesome!!!!"

Harry

"Seems I have a bandicoot in my backyard, suburban Sydney, Northern Beaches. Very happy about this. What should I do to make it happy to stay. Makes little holes in my lawn. Have only caught a glimpse of this little native early one evening."

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Bandicoot Translations

Catalan Català
Bàndicut de musell llarg
 
Czech Cesky
Bandikut nosatý
 
English English
Long-nosed Bandicoot
 
French Français
Perameles nasuta
 
Hungarian Magyar
Hosszúorrú bandikut
 
Italian Italiano
Perameles nasuta
 
Dutch Nederlands
Spitsneusbuideldas
 
Polish Polski
Jamraj zwyczajny
 
Portuguese Português
Perameles nasuta
 

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Bandicoot Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Peramelemorphia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Peramelidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Perameles
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Perameles
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
28cm - 81cm (11in - 32in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
0.2kg - 1.6kg (0.4lbs - 3.5lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
24km/h (15mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3-7 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Grey, Black, White, Brown, Tan, Gold
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest, rainforest and jungle
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
4
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Fruit, Seeds
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Foxes, Snakes, Wildcats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Pointed snout and long, thin tail

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