Southern Brown Bandicoots

(Isoodon obesulus)

Another small, brown, ground dwelling mammal, the Southern Brown Bandicoot can best be identified by their long nose, small rounded ears, big bottom, and short tail.

  • Photo Credit: Anders Zimny i

DESCRIPTION

They have much smaller back feet than the potoroo, and generally travel on all-fours, rather than hopping, although they will occasionally stand to check out their surroundings.

They use their long noses to poke into the soil to look for food, which they then use their short powerful front legs to dig up. It is not uncommon to see the conical holes they behind, where they have been digging for seeds and insects. 

Like all marsupials, bandicoots raise their young in a pouch, but theirs face backwards so their young don’t get covered in soil as a result of all the digging.

These bandicoots are mostly nocturnal, but can be seen foraging in the late afternoon and evening.

 

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