Common Planigale

Common Planigale (Planigale maculata)

Planigale maculata

Identification:

Body length 70 mm; tail length 60 mm; weight up to 11 g. Mouse-sized; mouse-coloured; male larger than female. Flat head; pointed snout; cat-like teeth; inner 'big' toe on hind foot has no nail. Large pendulous scrotum. Female has a 'kangaroo-type' pouch.

Habitat and Range:

Dry forests and woodlands, often with blady or kangaroo grass. Uncommon throughout outer Brisbane suburbs; also on Bribie and Russell Is. Northern Australia and down east coast to mid NSW.

Notes:

Nocturnal. Similar to a House Mouse.

Threats:

Cats.

Traces:

Small pointed droppings (4 mm long by 1 mm wide).

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