General Description

Upper body fur brown and grey, marked with three or four white stripes; underparts and feet white. Long nose and ears. Short white tail. Body up to 35 cm, tail up to 11 cm.

Biology

Female Eastern Barred Bandicoots are pregnant for just 12 days, which allows them to produce up to five litters per year. They eat plants, small invertebrates, fungi and fruit, and are active at night. The endangered species status relates to a subspecies of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot found on the mainland, which has not yet been named.

Distribution

South-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

Grasslands with dense tussock grass and low shrubs.

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