Types of Bandicoots


Types Bandicoots

Bandicoots are one of the few native mammals to have remained abundant close to the major cities of Australia and New Guinea. They are about the size of a cat; however, they have very few similarities to feline shaped cat, other than being fur covered, nocturnal, and mammals.

Initially there were 11 species of unique creature bandicoot in Australia, most being native to different regions of Australia. Three are now extinct, and another three species are endangered. Its different types include Long-nosed, Southern Brown, Eastern Barred, Western Barred, and Northern Brown with the Eastern Barred now only being found in Tasmania and Victoria and the Western Barred bandicoot on a few islands in Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Southern Brown bandicoots are available in the green areas while the Northern Brown are found in the red areas. They feed their young on milk & are covered in fur and give birth to live young.

The northern brown bandicoot is common to the north of the Hawkesbury River in coastal areas and on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The long-nosed bandicoot is common and widespread throughout NSW, particularly in coastal areas and either side of the Great Dividing Range. This species is also the most common in Sydney area.

Long Nosed And Short Nosed Bandicoots

Long nosed Bandicoots are the most common and are found from rainforest to wet and dry woodland along the eastern coast. They are a slender, medium-sized marsupial with long pointed snout and pointed ears. Its fur is coarse and grey-brown with some white on its belly and limbs. Sometimes long-nosed bandicoots shelter in dense undergrowth or in drainpipes or other manufactured objects.

On the other hand, the most widely distributed short-nosed bandicoots are stoutly built and have shorter, more rounded ears and coarser hair than the long-nosed species. They are now almost extinct along the New South Wales coast but exist along the southern coast, up the Queensland coast to Cape York Peninsula, and in Tasmania.

Rabbit-eared bandicoot or bilby so named because of their long rabbit-like ears and their habit of building and living in long burrows. They are the only bandicoots that hideaway, going down as much as 5 feet or more, and are most active at night. They use their burrows for shelter during the day. Unlike other bandicoots, which have short bristly hair and short rat-like tails, bilbies have soft fur and longer and stouter tails with black hair at the base.


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