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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isodon obesulus obesulus, Peramelidae: Bandicoots and Bilbies), Canberra, Australia

The Southern Brown Bandicoot is endemic to the coast and ranges of southern Australia, from SE NSW to southwest WA, and Tasmania. Vulnerable to predation from introduced predators it is usually found in or close to dense low vegetation such as heathland. It feeds on insects, worms etc. also fungi and some plant material which it digs up, as seen here. Normally nocturnal, it is pretty special to see one ‘out and about’ in the daytime. Filmed at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ( near Canberra where they had been released into an area from which predators such as foxes have been excluded. In southeast Australia it overlaps with the larger and more abundant Long-nosed Bandicoot see:-



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