Common planigale

Has a flattened skull to slip through holes, crevasses, and strands of grasses to escape from a predator or to hunt prey

Alan

The common planigale has grey-brown fur on the upper side, sometimes with small white spots and a lighter shade on the underside. Their snout is long and pointy with sharp teeth, and they also have large, rounded ears. There’s a pouch that opens towards the rear of a female.

They usually forage on the ground with a thick cover to protect them from being spotted by predators. They primarily feed on insects and arthropods, but due to their smaller size, they prefer smaller insects, but they also hunt larger insects such as beetles and grasshoppers. Common planigales bite the underside of their prey, where the exoskeleton is softer to kill the prey.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
LC
2015
An abundant species

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No