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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodonta
Family:Potoroidae
Genus:Potorous
Genus species:Potorous tridactylus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:30-40 cm
Weight:1.3 kg
Identification:The color of the potoroo varies from red-brown to gray. Its belly fur is pale, and the tip of the tail is white.
Habitat:Dry woodlands to wet scrub
Diet:Herbivore: primarily underground fungi, also seeds, roots, bulbs
Reproduction:This marsupial breeds throughout the year. Gestation lasts 38 days and the young remain in the pouch for another four months. By six months, the babies are weaned. Potoroos usually live 2-7 years.
Behavior:Potoroos are nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Predators of the potoroo include owls, quolls, and domestic cats and dogs.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Australia
Southwestern Western Australia
Tasmania
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:marsupial
kangaroo
Potoroo
Potoroos
Potoroidae
Diprotodontia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata