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  Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta)





Long-nosed Bandicoot | Perameles nasuta photo
Long-nosed Bandicoots are nocturnal and dig holes in ground looking for food. This photo was taken at night from a house balcony in Buderim, Queensland.

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Long-nosed Bandicoot | Perameles nasuta photo
Long-nosed Bandicoot

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Long-nosed Bandicoot | Perameles nasuta photo
Long-nosed Bandicoot with a large beetle grub it has dug up

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Long-nosed Bandicoot is a marsupial with pointed ears and a long pointed snout. The fur is grayish brown on the back and creamy underneath. The front feet and the top of the hind feet are creamy white. It sits with a hunched posture. The Long-nosed Bandicoot is nocturnal and digs for food making conical holes. During the day it retreats to a grassy hollow. It makes a high pitched trumpet sound when disturbed.

Size
Body length about 31cm - 42cm. Tail length about 12cm - 15cm. Weight about 1 kg - 1.5 kg.

Habitat
rainforest, moist gulleys, wet and dry woodlands

Food
insects and other small invertebrates, roots, plants. Also eats some worms, mice, and lizards.

Breeding
One to five young (usually two or three) are born after a gestation period of about 12 days. The young are waned after about 60 days.

Range
East coast of Australia. It is relatively common within its range.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Peramelemorphia
Family:Peramelidae
Genus:Perameles
Species:nasuta
Common Name:Long-nosed Bandicoot