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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Peramelemorpha
Family:Peramelidae
Genus:Isoodon
Genus species:Isoodon obesulus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:30-35 cm
Identification:The short-nosed bandicoot is dark brown in color with paler undersides.
Habitat:Scrub forests, areas with low ground cover
Diet:Omnivore: earthworms, insect larvae, fungi, scorpions
Reproduction:The breeding season of these animals is linked to their environment's rainfall pattern. Gestation lasts 11 days. The five young are weaned by two months of age.
Bandicoots are solitary animals.
Behavior:Activity is limited to the nighttime.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The common name 'bandicoot' is not originally an Australian name; properly, it belongs to a species of large Indian rat. Like most bandicoots, the short-nosed bandicoots have harsh, almost spiny fur which comes out very easily when the animals are handled.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Australia
Northeastern Australia
Tasmania
Date:1972-01 Subjects:Southern brown bandicoot
marsupial
Short-nosed bandicoot
Short-nosed bandicoots
Peramelidae
Peramelemorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata