The Potoroo looks like a large rat, but is a marsupial and hops like a kangaroo. This one is from the Adelaide Hills
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LONG-NOSED POTOROO FACTS
The Long-nosed Potoroo is grey-brown above with whitish underside. In Queensland populations the nose is quite short but is longer in populations further south. There is a bare patch of skin around the nose. It hops like a kangaroo with front legs tucked up in front of it.
Long-nosed Rat Kangaroo, Wallaby Rat
head and body 34-38cm. Tail 23cm
wet eucalypt forest, dry eucalypt forest, coastal heath. Needs thick ground cover for shelter, and prefers area with light soil for digging. It digs holes in the ground similar to Bandicoots.
roots, fungi, insects and other invertebrates in the soil.
A single young is born with pouch life of about 4 months.
along east coast from south east Queensland to Victoria and also Tasmania
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Long-nosed Potoroo|