What Does An Australian Bandicoot Look Like And Where Does It Live?


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  The long-nosed bandicoot has a reddish-grey coat and a rat-like appearance, small ears and an extended snout. Its jaws have many small, pointed teeth typical of insect-eating animals.

  Normally found in thickly vegetated regions of Australia and Tasmania, it also occurs near towns, where it takes advantage of the wealth of food available in parks and gardens. During the day, it rests under bushes or in ditches, emerging at night to feed on insects, worms, small mammals, birds and reptiles, and sometimes plants. It will occasionally burrow to find food or to hide from predators, but despite this, dingoes and foxes find it an easy prey.

  The 15 species of bandicoots within the family Peramelidae are grouped into six genera. They occur throughout Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea and nearby islands. There are three species of Australian long-nosed bandicoot (genus Perameles); three species of spiny bandicoot (genus Echymipera); four New Guinea long-nosed bandicoots (genus Peroryctes); three species of short-nosed bandicoots (genus Isoodon); the mouse bandicoot Microperoryctes murina; and the Ceram Island bandicoot Rhynchomeles prattorum.

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