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The mainland subspecies was thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered sheltering among wrecked cars at the Hamilton tip in western Victoria.
They are a nocturnal marsupial that feeds on insects, spiders and plant roots.
They rely on native grasses for protection and nest building. Grasslands were once widespread across Victoria's basalt plains.
Unfortunately less than 1% of native grassland habitat remains and introduced predators have had a massive impact on this gentle local bandicoot.
- Eastern Barred Bandicoots have one of the shortest gestation periods of any mammal, at just 12.5 days!
- Females give birth to 2-4 young who remain in the backwards-facing pouch for approximately sixty days.
- At just seventy-five days old they are independent, and at ninety days can begin breeding themselves.
- The last wild population on the mainland were hanging out at the Hamilton tip making use of the old cars and other junk for protection
- There is a subspecies of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot surviving in the wild in Tasmania which is classified as 'vulnerable'.
Introduced predators such as foxes and cats have had a massive impact on bandicoots and other small ground dwelling native animals.
Rabbits also compete with bandicoots for habitat resources
At our Zoos...
- Healesville Sanctuary
Werribee Open Range Zoo
In the Wild...
- Hamilton Community Parklands