Eastern bettong

They can curl their tail around a bunch of material for nesting to transport it easily from place to place. Work smarter, not harder!

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The coat of eastern bettong is brown-grey on the top and has white bellies. They have a tail that is as long as their body and generally with a white tip. Their hind limbs are ideal for hopping, but they walk on all four limbs when moving slowly.

This animal is an epicure as they include truffles in their menu. They can travel up to 1.5km (0.93 miles) to their feeding ground, which is a considerable distance for such a small creature. The main threat to them is due to the introduced red fox who prey on them, and increased competition due to introduced rabbits and other herbivores.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
0
Official estimate
EX
1920
Extinct locally: New South Wales, Queensland
Australia
0
Official estimate
EX
1920
Extinct locally: South Australia, Victoria
Australia
2016
Tasmania

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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