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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus

The southern brown bandicoot is easily distinguished from the eastern barred bandicoot as its fur is a relatively uniform, grizled, dark brown and rather coarse to touch. Its muzzle, ears and hindfeet are shorter than those of the eastern barred bandicoot, and its tail is dark brown in colour.

Breeding and habitat

Breeding occurs from winter through to the end of summer. Gestation, as in the barred bandicoot is a mere 12 days. Litter size, as in the barred bandicoot, is 1-4, with old females usually producing the larger litters. Three or litters may be reared each year. Longevity is no more than three years.

The species is widespread but prefers areas with low ground cover.Such habitat is often maintained through regular burning. During the day it rests on the ground in a nest of grasses and leaf litter.

Behaviour

The species is nocturnal and solitary. The diet consists of insects and their larvae, underground fungi, worms, lizards and berries. When foraging, it digs characeristic conical holes with its well-clawed front feet.

The brown bandicoot is relatively common in suitable habitat and its status appears to be secure. It is wholly protected.