Bandicoots Diet

 

What Do Bandicoots Eat?

Bandicoots are small Australian marsupials that live on the ground and survive mainly on feeding invertebrates from the soil. These typical omnivore animals eat many different things. Their diet mainly consists of insects, worms, beetles, grubs, which they dig out of the ground quite easily.



Bandicoots are known to locate their food using their well-developed sense of smell. They use their strong claws and pointed nose to dig small conical holes from which they extract food. A common food for bandicoots living near suburban area is the larva of scarab beetles better known as ‘lawn grubs’. By eating these grubs, bandicoots actually take good care of the lawns and reduce beetles population.

Bandicoots do not need much water and can go for weeks without drinking. Amongst the favourite treats that human give them are peanuts and raisins. What sounds bit interesting is that they are very partial to cooked chicken and sausages and has the capability of reducing the bones of the chicken to almost nothing within a matter of minutes.

The change of coat colour from golden to dark brown happens when they are stepping towards adult stage. During this time, you can increase the amount and variety of solid food. You can also gradually increase the amount and variety of solid feed as the animal matures. However, avoid providing them yeast products as this may cause stomach disorders in them.



Basically, their diet consists of insects, worms, plants but they also eat lizards and small animals such as mice. They also feed on fruits such as apples and peaches and underground bulbs. If there is any scarcity of food, there is a chance of female bandicoots eating their young ones. The Large Short-Nosed Bandicoot is a nocturnal forager, which uses their keen sense of smell to find food that is either in the open or hidden underground. Bandicoots are often seen on dusk and occasionally early mornings at the front of your chalet feeding on provided specialized feed pellets - sometimes nibbling on the bird seeds.


 

 
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