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Are bandicoots native to Australia?

Bandicoots are small marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea that use their front feet to dig for food. It's hard not to like an animal associated with the phrase 'snout pokes'. As bandicoots forage for underground insects and larvae, they leave behind a series of small conical holes – snout pokes!

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Where does a bandicoot originate from?

Evolution and Origins

Little marsupials called bandicoots, which are endemic to Australia and New Guinea, use their front feet to dig for prey. The oldest fossil bandicoot was 24.9 million years old, however, the oldest fossil bandicoot has now been found as being 26 million years old (Bulungu minkinaensis).

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Are bandicoots a pest in Australia?

Like any quiet neighbour, bandicoots don't usually attract friends or enemies. They only make themselves known when their diggings result in pockmarked lawns and unearthed vegetables. Even then, a bandicoot could either be seen as a pest or a pest controller — depending on what it eats and where it eats it.

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What is the aboriginal name for bandicoot?

Bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus fusciventer), also known by their Nyungar name Kwenda, are a small marsupial found in and around urban areas near bushland in the Perth area as well as the south-west of WA.

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Are bandicoots a type of rat?

Often confused with rodents, bandicoots are small, omnivorous marsupials. Bandicoots are found throughout Australia and can be common in coastal areas of New South Wales. They can live in a wide variety of habitats, from rainforests to wet and dry woodlands to heath.

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Can bandicoots be pets?

Keeping them as pets is a no-no.

Since they are considered endangered, it is illegal to trap or kill them. There are legislations on keeping captive-born bandicoots as pets that vary between states, however, their particularly nocturnal and shy nature doesn't make it exciting to keep them as pets.

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How rare are bandicoots?

Bandicoots live throughout Australia in a wide variety of habitats. There are about 21 known species but most are now extinct. The most common species of bandicoots found in backyards are: Long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta): It is a frequent visitor to gardens around Sydney.

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What is special about the bandicoot?

Unlike other marsupials, bandicoots have a placenta (lacking villi, however). Most species have two to six young at a time; gestation takes 12–15 days. Bandicoots occur in Australia (including Tasmania), New Guinea, and nearby islands.

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Are bandicoots aggressive?

Bandicoots must be housed individually as they are solitary and often aggressive. If paired wrongly, bandicoots will kill each other and eat their young.

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What is the problem with bandicoots?

Very few native animals prey on bandicoots. Owls, quolls and dingoes are their only significant natural predators. However, introduced animals such as feral and domestic cats, dogs and foxes pose a significant threat to the future of bandicoots.

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