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Bandicoot Dig

Bandicoot Dig

bandicoot dig
Distinctive conical dig of a foraging bandicoot
Photographer - John Broomfield
Source - Museum Victoria

Few people come across bandicoot diggings, which were once common on the golf courses and outer suburbs of Melbourne. These conical holes resemble ice-cream cones, about 5cm across and 8cm deep.

Bandicoots use their sharp front claws to dig for insects and their larvae, some vegetable matter and fungi. Different species vary in their food preferences, and the location of a digging may indicate the type of bandicoot in that area.

Southern Short-nosed Bandicoots, Isoodon obesulus, are likely to occur on the Mornington Peninsula, but in the wetter Dandenong Ranges, the Long-nosed Bandicoot, Perameles nasuta, is usual. Diggings of the rare Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii may be found in parts of the Western District.

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