Melomys burtoni

Melomys burtoni

Melomys burtoni

(Grassland Melomys)

FAMILY

Muridae

Species

Melomys burtoni

Common name

Grassland Melomys

Main colour; body size

Reddish-brown; body 10 cm, tail 12

Mature weight

About 55 g

Scat shape, size

Pointed at one end, 5 x 2 mm

Location

Cairns

Description

This melomys, which is nocturnal, is found in a variety of habitats ranging from grasslands to swamps and even mangrove communities. It eats seeds, leaves and fruits and the scats are small and pointed at one end. The body is reddish-brown, the tail is dark above and whitish below, the hind foot is rarely more than 2.6 cm long.