Northern Brown Bandicoot

Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)

Isoodon macrourus


Body length 400 mm; tail length 170 mm; weight 2 kg. A large male may reach the size of a miniature Fox Terrier dog. Snout long and pointed; movements jerky; posture hunched; ears rounded; harsh brown fur. Short tail (often absent). Forefeet have 3 long-nailed toes. 

Habitat and Range:

Inner suburbs with protective daytime cover (e.g. long grass, thick shrubs, rubbish piles); outer suburbs — dry and wet eucalypt forests, open paddocks. Also occurs on Macleay, Moreton and Stradbroke Is. Common.From the Kimberley region, WA, across northern NT to central and coastal Qld and coastal NSW.


Nocturnal. Does not climb. Infamous for the small holes it digs in lawns and gardens. Has an explosive 'balloon screech' call if disturbed. Similar to Long-nosed Bandicoot, but lacks a gap between 4th and 5th upper incisors.


Dogs, cats and cars.


Small conical holes (7 cm diameter) in lawns, usually in winter and spring; large excavations in gardens for roots and insect larvae. Droppings are like peanut pods (25 mm long by 10 mm wide).

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