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Bandicoots and Bilbies: Peramelidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Bandicoots, Bilbies, And People, Conservation StatusGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT

EASTERN BARRED BANDICOOT (Perameles gunnii): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
GREATER BILBY (Macrotis lagotis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Before the arrival of European colonists in 1770, bandicoots and bilbies were found in about 70 percent of Australia and on several nearby islands. Today they are found in many fewer places in Australia and the island of Tasmania. The bilby, especially, can be found only in isolated pockets mainly on protected park land or in captive breeding areas.

Bandicoots and bilbies prefer dry areas. Before European colonization, up to five species could be found in the Australian inland deserts. Today only one species lives there. Other species live in dry grasslands and open forests. Three species have adapted to human activity and live in suburban neighborhoods and parks.

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Animal Life ResourceMammals