Long-nosed Potoroo

Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus)

Potorous tridactylus

Identification:

Body length 36 cm, tail length 23 cm; weight 1 kg. Dark brown-grey body; dark tail; long narrow nose. Hops with its body almost horizontal.

Habitat and Range:

Generally restricted to wetter or higher altitude habitats in thick, wet eucalypt forests with heavy ground cover (Mount Tamborine, D’Aguilar Range), but recorded from near Coolangatta airport (Cobaki) and Fraser I. in coastal heath. Patchy distribution in coastal areas from south-east Qld to south-west Vic. and Tas.

Notes:

Rarely seen and then only when animal is dashing across a road. Nocturnal. Similar to the Short and Long-nosed Bandicoots but has 5 clawed toes on its forepaw (not 3).

Threats:

Foxes, dogs, cats and land clearing.

Traces:

Bandicoot-like holes in ground. Droppings vary according to food eaten, but are usually dark and oval (10 mm long by 4 mm wide).

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