TASMANIAN BETTONG FACTS
The Tasmanian Bettong is brownish grey above with whitish underside.
Eastern Bettong, Gaimards Bettong
Head and body length about 32cm. Tail length also about 32cm.
dry forest with grass ground cover.
Fungi, seeds, roots. Also eats insects.
Makes nest of dry grass in bushes or under log. Gestation takes 21 days. The joey remains in pouch for about 105 days, and is fully weaned within 2 months of leaving pouch.
Tasmania. Used to be found on mainland but now extinct there.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/near threatened".
|Common Name:||Tasmanian Bettong|
Relatives in same Genus
Brush-tailed Bettong (B. penicillata)