Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Eastern Barred Bandicoot on a grassy patch

What does it look like? Yellowish-brown above, streaked with silvery-white, extending on to base of white tail, and with 3 or 4 paler bars on rump. Greyish below.

Where is it found? Southern Vic, where it is now restricted to sites where it has been re-introduced into predator-proofed reserves in Mount Rothwell and Hamilton Community Parklands, and Tas, including Bruny and Maria (introduced) Islands.

What are its habitats & habits? Moist areas within grassy woodlands and grasslands, with a combination of dense vegetation for shelter during the day and open areas for foraging at night. Feeds on the ground for a wide variety of invertebrates, plant matter and fruiting bodies of fungi, which are located on the ground surface or by digging, sleeps at other times in a nest, lined with grass. Female may produce up to 5 litters per year, with up to 5 young in each.

Interesting fact: Females are capable of breeding at around 3-5 months of age, and males at around 5-6 months.

Scientific name: Perameles gunnii    

Size: 340-460 mm TL, including tail 70-110 mm

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