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The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a species of bandicoot found in Australia. It is the largest member of its genus, which also includes the eastern barred bandicoot and the desert bandicoot.
It is much less colourful than its relatives, being primarily a sandy-brown or greyish colour. It is nocturnal, non-climbing, solitary, and omnivorous. Body length 400 mm; tail length 140 mm; weight 1.5 kg. It has a very prominent long nose and small pointed upright ears, a hunched-looking posture, a rear-facing pouch, and three long, clawed toes on front feet. Digs small holes in gardens looking for grubs and is often found near compost heaps. Droppings 35 mm by 10 mm. Has a high-pitched squeak when disturbed.
Distribution and habitat
- Groves, C.P. (2005). "Order Peramelemorphia". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Lunney, D., Dickman, C. & Menkhorst, P. (2008). Perameles nasuta. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
- Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 78.
- Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland. Queensland Museum Publication. (2000), p. 335.
- Long-nosed Bandicoot on Animal Diversity Web
- Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife picture of Long-nosed Bandicoot
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