Long-nosed potoroo


 Long-nosed potoroo
Habitat

These potoroos are native to Tasmania and the south-eastern coast of Australia. They live in a variety of habitats including coastal woodland and rainforests.

Wild Diet

The diet of these omnivorous animals primarily consists of fungi, seeds, fruits as well as arthropods such as centipedes.

Behaviour

These marsupials are usually solitary animals, socialising only when mating or looking after young. As primarily nocturnal animals, long-nosed potoroos usually spend their daytime hours sheltering in dense vegetation. 

Breeding

Potoroos breed all year round and have a gestation period of around 38 days. Females give birth to a single joey, which climbs into the pouch of its mother, living there for about 4 months. Weaning occurs by 5 - 6 months of age, while sexual maturity is reached at one year old.

Conservation

According to the IUCN Red List, the total population size of this species 75,000 mature individuals. They are classified as Near Threatened (NT), with its numbers currently decreasing. Habitat loss is a serious threat, due to logging and bushfires.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Potorous tridactylus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Diprotodontia
  • Family: Potoroidae
  • Conservation Status: Near Threatened
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