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Fat-tailed Dunnart

Sminthopsis crassicaudata

Description:

Small carnivorous marsupial. This Dunnart was about 8cm long (head and body) with a slightly shorter heavy tail. Large ears and eyes with a sharp muzzle. Underparts pale, dorsal surface generally a mousey brown/grey with a paler face. Its name derives from the fact that during times of plenty to eat this Dunnart stores fat around its tail making it swell. At this time of the year the fat reserves have been used up over winter and it was still quite cold.

Habitat:

Generally quite common in this predominately open grassland area near Deniliquin, NSW, Australia. Nocturnal habit.

Notes:

Although this little guy has a cute 'mouse-like' appearance, it is in fact in the same family as larger carnivorous marsupials such as the Quoll's and Tasmanian Devil! It eats mainly insects but will also take small reptiles and rodents if it can subdue them.

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5 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 11 months ago

Thank you Polilla. My pleasure to share. Although quite common it seems this little critter is not often seen in the wild.

triggsturner
triggsturner 11 months ago

Thank you Antonio and Daniele. So glad this little critter is appreciated and so pleased to get a SOTD.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 11 months ago

Awesome encounter Robert,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulations Robert, your encounter with this Fat-tailed Dunnart has earned you a Spotting of the Day! First time for this species in the wild on Project Noah.

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AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 11 months ago

Great series triggsturner,great info as usual :) congrats and thanks for sharing

NSW, Australia

Lat: -35.45, Long: 145.03

Spotted on Oct 12, 2016
Submitted on Jan 4, 2017

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