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Numbat at Perth Zoo
Female Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) at the Perth Zoo
Female Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) at the Perth Zoo
A numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) at Perth zoo
Female Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) at the Perth Zoo
The numbat is a small-sized marsupial that is found in Western Australia. The numbat has long, colourful fur and despite being a marsupial, the female numbat does not have a pouch on her belly.

The numbat was once found across Southern Australia, but today the numbat is considered to be an endangered species as there are only a few small numbat colonies found in Western Australia today. It has been estimated that there are only 1,500 numbat individuals left in the wild.

Numbats inhabit forests and woodland, particularly those that are mainly made up of eucalyptus trees. Numbats have also been found in grasslands that are relatively close to water.

Numbats are solitary animals with large home ranges, which they spend the daylight hours hunting for termites and in the dark nights in hollow logs and burrows. Numbats have strong front claws and long tongues which they use to get termites out of their nests.

The numbat is an omnivorous animal but it's diet primarily consists of termites and occasionally ants and other small insects. An adult numbat can eat more than 20,000 termites in just one day.

Due to their small size, numbats are prey to a number of larger, predatory animals such as foxes, snakes, dingos and feral cats. Dogs also prey on numbats, along with birds of prey that prey on the smaller numbat babies.

The numbat breeding season is between January and May, when the female numbat gives birth to an average of 4 numbat babies after a gestation period of just a couple of weeks. The numbat babies quickly attach to the mother numbat's teat, where they are protected only by her long hair, as she does not have a pouch.

Numbat babies are not left by their mother until they are a few months old, when she leaves to search for food. The mother numbat leaves her young in a burrow and comes back to give them milk every now and again.


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Numbat 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...
Dasyuromorphia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Myrmecobiidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Myrmecobius
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Myrmecobius Fasciatus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
35-45cm (13-18in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
280-550g (9.9-19oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
24km/h (15mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
4-8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Brown, Grey, White, Tan, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Termites
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Eucalyptus woodland and grassland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
4
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Termites, Ants, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Snakes, Foxes, Birds of Prey
Special Features:Long tail and snout and striped body

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