Short-nosed bandicoot

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

John O’Neill (jjron)

Short-nosed bandicoots are plain-looking, with coarse, bristly, and yellowish-brown to dark grey hair grizzled. Their underside is yellowish-grey or creamy white. The body is stocky with a short snout and rounded ears. Along the stomach, a pouch opens backward between the hind limbs.

They are omnivores that feed on spiders, worms, insects, fungi, plant roots, and ferns. They use their sharp claws and pointy snout to forage for food and repeatedly step on the prey with their front leg to crush them. These bandicoots obtain most of their water from food and spend little time drinking.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
<100,000
LC
2014

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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