Habitat of the bandicoot
Habitat of the bandicoot
 
 
A big-eared bandicoot
A big-eared bandicoot
 
 
Close-up of a bandicoot
Close-up of a bandicoot
 
 
A pair of brown bandicoots
A pair of brown bandicoots
 
 
An adult bandicoot
An adult bandicoot
 
 
A chocolate bilby
A chocolate bilby
 
 
Warning sign protecting bandicoots
Warning sign protecting bandicoots
 
Bandicoot
Topic(s):   Animals of Australia, Chaparral Animals, Desert Life, Endangered Animals, Grassland Animals, Mammals, Marsupials, Savanna Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal, marsupial
Biome(s) deserts, chaparrals, savannas
Habitat(s) dense grasses and bushes in Australia
Diet worms, fungi, spiders, insects, plant tubers, fruit, grubs, snails, lizards, mice
Weight up to 3.5 pounds (up to 1.6 kilograms)
Height up to 32 inches (up to 81 centimeters)
Male male
Female female
Baby joey
Group none
Predators people, dingos, owls, quolls, cats, snakes, fox
Endangered yes (certain kinds of bandicoots); loss of habitat

Eleven kinds of bandicoots live in Australia. Some also live in New Guinea. Certain bandicoots are endangered or extinct. The southern brown bandicoot is endangered. The desert bandicoot is also endangered. The pig-footed bandicoot is extinct.

The bandicoot is a small marsupial. A marsupial has a pouch. The bandicoot pouch opens to the back. The backward pouch keeps out the dirt. The bandicoot fur is brown or gray. It has a long nose. The nose is pointed for digging. It also has sharp teeth. One bandicoot has ears like a rabbit. It is called a bilby.

A bandicoot mother builds a nest in a shallow hole. She lines the nest with leaves. A bandicoot baby is born in only 12 days! A mother bandicoot has two or three babies at a time. The babies stay in the motherís pouch for 50 days. A bandicoot can live from three to seven years.

The bandicoot is a shy animal. It likes to be alone. The bandicoot is nocturnal. It digs around looking for food at night. The bandicoot does a lot of digging! It makes holes in lawns with its long snout. People are trying to save the bandicoots. The animal is protected in New South Wales. At Easter, chocolate bilbies are sold to help protect the big-eared bandicoot.

Resource information

A-z animals. (2012). Bandicoot. Retrieved from http://www.a-z-animals.com/animals/bandicoot/

Collard lll, Sneed B. Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials. Ohio: Darby Creek Publishing, 2007.

Parrott, Marissa L. Bandicoot. World Book Student. World Book, 2012. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

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