Numbats are the sole member of its genus and the family Myrmecobiidae. Being threatened by habitat loss, predation by feral cats, and only a population of 1000, numbats are classified as Endangered by the IUCN, which has put the long-term future of this species and the whole family in danger jeopardy.
They are sometimes called banded anteaters as they have a striking pattern of white bands across the rusty orange and grey-black fur. Moreover, like anteaters, they also have an extremely long tongue that helps them pick up termites. Being diurnal, they spend their nights hiding in logs, tree hollows, or burrows.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No