Bandicoot Habitat

 

Understanding and Protecting Bandicoot Habitat

The bandicoot is a unique looking creature with a long beak like nose, small ears, small sharp teeth and an appearance of a rat.

Bandicoots are feared to be on the brink of extinction in Australia with their population being wiped away from several grasslands. The rough climate and lack of water in these areas have forced the bandicoots to fade away. In an attempt to protect the species, various conservation efforts have been taken in the recent past.



The bandicoots usually prefer an area devoid of any predator because they love to sleep in the daytime. Bandicoots are also fond of grasslands and woodlands where it is easy to build shallow channels in the ground to stay away from their predators. They also find shelter among the thorny bushes of boxthorn, the blackberry, gorse and in the piles of wood and rock.

Bandicoots are now usually observed in the densely vegetated regions of Australia and Tasmania and in the New Guinea and nearby island. They live mainly in damp, healthy undergrowths, heatlands and in the rainforest where their furrows are easily recognizable. The bandicoots feed on spiders, insects, plant roots, invertebrates and tubers and they scavenge for food at night, on damp and dull days.

Types of bandicoots and their habitat

There are almost 15 species of bandicoots, which are categorized in six genres. They are the Australian long-nosed bandicoot, the spiny bandicoot, New Guinea long-nosed bandicoots, short-nosed bandicoots, the mouse bandicoot and the Ceram Island bandicoot.

The brown bandicoot is found in the coastal areas and on the Great Dividing Range. The long-nosed bandicoots are spread throughout New South Wales as well as in the coastal areas. A major population lives in Garigal and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in northern Sydney. The rest lives in the region of Nadgee Nature Reserve and Ben Boyd National Park in the south-eastern corner of the province.

How can you protect its habitat?

You too can set up a bandicootís home or develop the surroundings of its habitat. If you find them living in your garden or any nearby hedge plant, make sure that they are covered with weeds, shrubs, and other necessary elements, which would allow them to breed. You can even get in touch with the Councilís Bushcare Officer for guidance.

While making their nest, you should always make it certain that the site of their nest has plenty of grasses, twigs, logs, soil invertebrates, leaf litters and rocks. Keep the bandicoot shelter safe from predators like dogs, cats, owls and hawks by covering them with plants like Acacia verticillata, Callistemon pallidus, and Pultenaea Juniperina.

 

 
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