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  Brush-tailed Bettong (Bettongia penicillata)





Brush-tailed Bettong | Bettongia penicillata photo
Woylie at Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat. The retreat is set in 100 acre sanctuary in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. They have been breeding Woylies at Yelverton Brook since 2004, in a program established in conjunction with Perth Zoo.

Photograph copyright: Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Brush-tailed Bettong | Bettongia penicillata photo
Woylie at Yelverton Brook

Photograph copyright: Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Brush-tailed Bettong | Bettongia penicillata photo
Woylie at Yelverton Brook

Photograph copyright: Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Brush-tailed Bettong is a small marsupial in the kangaroo family. The body is greyish brown above and paler below. It has a long tail with black crest along the end half. The underside of the tail is light brown. They build a small nest from sticks and leaves under a bush or at the base of a tree, for shelter and protection.

Other Names
Woylie

Size
Body length about 30cm - 38cm. Tail length about 29cm - 36cm. Weight about 1.1 kg - 1.6kg.

Habitat
open forests and woodlands with understorey of thick grass or dense low shrubs.

Food
Brush-tailed Bettong eat seeds, roots, plant shoots. They also eat fungus and underground truffles.

Breeding
A single joey is born after a gestation period of about 21 days. The pouch life is about 3 months. Females can reproduce after about 6 months.

Range
The Brush-tailed Bettong was once found throughout southern parts of Western Australia, South Australia and western New South Wales. It is now confined to parts of south-west Western Australia, and small areas of South Australia where it has been reintroduced.

Notes
The main threats are habitat loss/degradation, and predators such as foxes.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Potoroidae
Genus:Bettongia
Species:penicillata
Common Name:Brush-tailed Bettong

Relatives in same Genus
  Tasmanian Bettong (B. gaimardi)