Northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)

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Photo Courtesy of: Mette Due Nielsen

(Northern Brown Bandicoot)

FAMILY

Peramelidae

Species

Isoodon macrourus

Common name(s)

Northern Brown Bandicoot

Main colour(s)

Brown

Body size

Maximum body length 40 cm

Life span

Around 3 years

Campus

Orpheus Island Research Station

Description

The bandicoot fur is brown and the forefeet have 3 long-tailed toes. Presence usually indicated by holes in lawns and has a humped posture.

Habitat

Their habitat varies from rainforest to wet and dry woodland. The bandicoot is common along the east coast of Australia.

Behaviors

The bandicoot is a nocturnal, terrestrial marsupial and is highly active during the night. They are living a solitary life where the meeting is restricted to the mating season only. Their movement is very fast and has been described as a kind of gallop running. Their diet is mostly insects/insects larvae, fruit and seeds. They do not need much water, because they get all the water they need from their food.

Sites where this species can be found at OIRS

Can be found all around Orpheus Island.

Research that has been undertaken at OIRS

Nil

Page Contributed By: Mette Due Nielsen