Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Peramelidae
         Scientific Name : Parameles

                           Type : Mammal
                       Size(L) : 28cm - 81cm 
                                        (11in - 32in)
                       Weight : 0.2kg - 1.6kg 
                                        (0.4lbs - 3.5lbs)
                 Top Speed : 24km/h (15mph)
                  Life Span : 3 - 7 years

                      Colour : Grey, Black, 
                                       White, Brown, 
                                       Tan, Gold
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Pointed snout and 
                                     long, thin tail
  1. The Bandicoots are small sized marsupials found across Australia.
  2. There are around 11 species of Bandicoots.
  3. Although they look like rats, they are more closely related to rabbits.
  4. They are found in Australian forests, swamps, thickets and mainland.
  5. Their average size is about 50 cm with the males often growing bigger.
  6. They have a long pointed head and snout with compact body and a long, thin tail.
  7. They use their powerful hind legs to hop around.
  8. They are solitary animals, coming together only to mate.
  9. Bandicoots are nocturnal animals which come out at night to hunt.
  10. They are omnivores, feeding on both plant and animal matter.
  11. Their natural predators are large birds, foxes, snakes, wildcats, Dingoes and pythons.
  12. As marsupials, the female Bandicoots have a nursing pouch in their belly to nurse young ones.
  13. The female bandicoot gives birth to 3-6 young ones after a 12-day gestation.
  14. Habitat loss and introduction of small carnivores are their main threats.
  15. 7 out of the 11 known Bandicoot species are critically endangered or extinct.

 

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