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Southern Brown Bandicoot

Very cute! We went out with the local Field Naturalists groups to watch the process of monitoring a local reserve, comparing some transects through recently burnt and unburnt patches. We found 3 "cute and fluffies" in the unburnt areas; swamp rat, brown bandicoot and a potoroo.

 

BAndicoots are a lovely little critter, digging up roots and insects to feed on. Often people living on bush boundaries are dismayed that their lawn is dug up...I wish they would move into my garden! Of course cats and dogs are big problems for them. This one ( a young female) was covered in fleas. The ear tag was added to identify and monitor the individual if it is recaptured.

Info on the brown bandicoot:

www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4836

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Taken on March 5, 2011