Long-nosed Bandicoot

Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)

Perameles nasuta

Identification:

Body length 400 mm; tail length 140 mm; weight 1.5 kg. Snout long and pointed; posture hunched; ears pointed; fur is  soft yellow-brown; short tail; large gap between 4th and 5th upper incisors. Forefeet have 3 long-nailed toes.

Habitat and Range:

Rainforest and moist gullies. Common only on D'Aguilar Range and its lower slopes. Patchy distribution along eastern mainland Australia.

Notes:

Nocturnal. Does not climb. Omnivorous; common at backyard compost heaps. Shrill 'toy trumpet' squeak when disturbed. Similar to Northern Brown Bandicoot.

Threats:

Dogs, cats and cars.

Traces:

Small conical holes (50 mm diameter) in lawns and gardens. Droppings are like peanut pods (35 mm long by 10 mm wide).

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