Eastern Barred Bandicoot

An Eastern Barred Bandicoot in a grassy clearing
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Scientific Name: Perameles gunnii

Size: 340-460 mm Total Length, including tail 70-110 mm

What does it look like?

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is yellowish-brown above, streaked with silvery-white, extending on to base of white tail, and with 3 or 4 paler bars on rump. Greyish below.

Where is it found?

Southern Vic, where it is now restricted to sites where it has been re-introduced into predator-proofed reserves in Mount Rothwell and Hamilton Community Parklands, and Tas, including Bruny and Maria (introduced) Islands.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is found in moist areas within grassy woodlands and grasslands, with a combination of dense vegetation for shelter during the day and open areas for foraging at night. Feeds on the ground for a wide variety of invertebrates, plant matter and fruiting bodies of fungi, which are located on the ground surface or by digging, sleeps at other times in a nest, lined with grass. Female may produce up to 5 litters per year, with up to 5 young in each.

Interesting facts

Females are capable of breeding at around 3-5 months of age, and males at around 5-6 months.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Australia front cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of Australia

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