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These 4 baby bandicoots were rescued when their mom was killed by a car. There are about 20 species of this terrestrial omniverous marsupial
Status: Vulnerable, Due to predation by introduced foxes and cats, along with land-clearing for farming practises, the Victorian subspecies is critically endangered
Adults weigh close to a pound each
What make the bandicoot’s features unique are its long and tapered snout and the toes being joined on the back feet. This enlarged toe allows the bandicoot to run at high rates of speed.
Bandicoots are marsupials and raise their young in a pouch much like the kangaroo — however the pouch faces backwards so that they don’t pick up dirt as they run around
A mother bandicoot has eight teats but litters typically will consist of only four young. Because the bandicoot can have another litter before one litter is weaned, the extra teats are needed to care for both litters at once - she can have up to 5 litters a year
Gestation lasts just 12 days—this is one of the shortest gestation periods of any mammal
Several species including the Golden bandicoots are known to dig burrows into the ground or sand as a means to keep cool
They are often found alone as they do not form groups and will build nests from vegetation but will also inhabit abandoned rabbit holes and in hollowed out logs
photo ©BRADEN FASTIER
facts: ©Angie Pollack
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