Road-kill. I wasn't exactly sure what this was. I cant spot the tail and didn't want to poke it! The only think I can think of with the size and body shape is a bandicoot - but the nose might be too short?. It was about 25-30cms long.
2 Southern brown bandicoots (quenda) seen separately in long grass at edge of path around Bibra Lake, at about midday. Photos of the second individual.
Saw several around at night, but not a good enough look to tell if Northern Brown or Long-nosed.
Female bulging with pouch young.
Yes there is one in there but couldnt get a shot of it! Also known as a Quenda which is a better name than Bandicoot - which means something like pig footed rat!
We took my niece and nephew for a guided spotlight tour http://www.australianwildlife.org/AWC-Sanctuaries/Karakamia-Sanctuary.aspx
They have re-introduced a number of marsupials in a fox and rabbit free area.
There were several of these animals in the garden at the hotel after dark. They were apparently always there and not considered vermin, as the hotel had a sign up saying not to be alarmed by them. But I've forgotten what they're called...
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...