Short-nosed bandicoot

Do not avoid the odor of their native predator, which makes them vulnerable to predation

John O'Neill (jjron)

Short-nosed bandicoot


Do not avoid the odor of their native predator, which makes them vulnerable to predation

Population <100,000

Characterized by their plain yet functional appearance, these creatures boast a coat of coarse, bristly fur that ranges in color from yellowish-brown to dark grey, giving them a grizzled look. The underside of their bodies presents a softer hue, ranging from yellowish-grey to creamy white, providing a stark contrast to the rougher texture of their upper coat.

The physical build of the Short-nosed bandicoot is robust and stocky, equipped with a short snout that is adept at probing the soil for food and rounded ears that enhance their auditory capabilities. A distinctive feature of these bandicoots is the marsupial pouch located along the stomach, which opens backward between the hind limbs. This unique anatomical structure plays a crucial role in the reproductive cycle of the Short-nosed bandicoot, offering a safe haven for developing offspring until they are ready to emerge and explore their surroundings.

As omnivores, Short-nosed bandicoots exhibit a varied diet that includes spiders, worms, insects, fungi, plant roots, and ferns. Their foraging behavior is both efficient and methodical, utilizing sharp claws to dig into the soil and a pointy snout to unearth hidden food sources. They possess an intriguing method of subduing their prey, employing their front leg to repeatedly step on and crush insects and other small creatures, showcasing their resourcefulness in obtaining meals.

An interesting aspect of their lifestyle is their ability to derive most of their necessary water intake from the food they consume. This adaptation is particularly advantageous in the often arid environments of Australia, allowing Short-nosed bandicoots to thrive even in areas where water sources are scarce or intermittent. Their minimal dependence on direct water drinking is a testament to their evolutionary adaptations to the challenging Australian landscape.


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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