World of Animals
Another interesting mammal that
finds its home in Australia is the Long-Nosed Bandicoot. (Yes, its related to the
Greater Bilby). On this page you will learn lots of cool stuff about the Long-Nosed
Bandicoot. To jump to a section, use the Quick Jump below by clicking on the
|Sizes-Head and body length: 8-17
-Tail length: 3 and 1 half-7 inches
-Weight: 6 and 1 half pounds, but
the male weighs more than the female.
-Number of young: 1-7, but usually
Long Nosed Bandicoot in town settlement.
-Long-Nosed Bandicoots live in open plains, cleared grassland, wooded
areas, undergrowth, and drainpipes near towns
-The male has a larger range than the female.
-They have to be ready to defend
their territory with claws
-They sleep in nests made of grass and sticks
-They build their nests in a sheltered spot of the ground.
-Long-Nosed Bandicoots are
prey to many animals including dingoes, snakes, and foxes.
-Rabbits are a threat.
Their grazing patterns make the land unsuitable for the Bandicoots.
Food and Feeding
-The Long-Nosed Bandicoot eats
mostly insects and larvae
-They use their claws to dig up prey.
-They use their noses to get prey out of crevices.
-Long-Nosed Bandicoots also eat
roots, tubers, mice, and
other small rodents
-After catching an animal, the Bandicoot kneads it into a pulp
before its eaten.
Long Nosed Bandicoot and Man
-Aborigines hunt them for food.
-Farmers and gardeners kill them
because they damage crops,
damage gardens, and dig for insects.
-Their main extinction threat is
from humans because we destroy
their habitats when farming
-Law in Australia protects these animals.
-Long-Nosed Bandicoots are not as endangered as some of the
-The Long-Nosed Bandicoots have a
sleek, course, grayish brown
coat. They lack the darker back stripes of other Bandicoot species.
- The hind legs are longer and stronger than the front legs,
they also carry most of the weight. The Long-Nosed Bandicoot has sharp claws for digging.
-Their pouch opens from the rear. It protects the young from
soil while the mother is digging. The young stay in her pouch for about seven weeks before
- They have a long, slender nose
that tapers to a point. They use it for rooting soil, and digging in crevices for prey.
-The Long-Nosed Bandicoot looks like a cross between a small
kangaroo and a shrew.
-The Long-Nosed Bandicoot gets its name from the word
Bandictoa, meaning, "pig-rat."
-This bandicoot is among the few that actually make noise.
-If they are disturbed, they make a high-pitched call.
-These critters are nocturnal.
Links for More Information
-About the Bandicoot