Long Nosed Bandicoot, Perameles nasuta

The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It is native to Australia where it occurs in a range that extends from Wilsons Promontory to Cooktown, with a small population occurring on the Cape York Peninsula. It prefers a habitat within forested areas with nearby grasslands, but it has been found to reside in human populated areas like city gardens. It can be found at elevations between 3,280 and 4,593 feet above sea level.

The long-nosed bandicoot is almost uniformly brown in color, unlike other bandicoot species. It is most active during the nighttime hours, consuming tubers and small invertebrates. This species is solitary and rests in small nests during the day.  After breeding, females give birth to litters of up to five young, but there is little known about the species’ breeding habits.

The long-nosed bandicoot is thought to hold stable population numbers, but its main threat is habitat loss, which occurs in many areas of its range. This species, like other nocturnal marsupials, faces predation by dogs, foxes, and cats. Although it occurs in a few protected areas, conservation efforts to save this species and others are needed, including habitat preservation. The long-nosed bandicoot appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: This is a photograph of a Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta). Credit: Daderot/Wikipedia