Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus)
Found in coastal reserve using our camera trap.
Field Notes - Was able to get quite close to this little one who was intent on eating. It had made quite a mess of the gardwn bed digging with its nose for food.
A strange sad pile of dismembered native animals in the parking lot. This was very early in the morning so I assume this happened overnight. Why? The meaty part of the macropods was missing, and they are tasty and common, so perhaps they were eaten, but the bandicoot was intact.
Field Notes - Bery excited the first quenda ive seen here after walking here for 18 years.
In the Australian/Cranbourne Botanical Garden
The order Peramelemorphia includes the bandicoots and bilbies: it equates approximately to the mainstream of marsupial omnivores. All members of the order are endemic to the twin land masses of Australia-New Guinea and most have the characteristic bandicoot shape: a plump, arch-backed body with a long, delicately tapering snout, very large upright ears, relatively long, thin legs, and a thin tail. Their size varies from about 140 grams up to 2 kilograms, but most species are...