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fat tail dunnart


tat tail dunnart

The fat-tailed dunnart is a tiny marsupial with large ears and a fat tail. Like the camels hump, the fat tail can store fat and so provide a reserve of energy that can last a couple of days. They have enormous appetites for grasshoppers, beetles, termites, grubs and lizards and have been known to eat more than their own weight in one night. Something no human could ever do!

Fat-tailed dunnarts are nocturnal. They build their nests in holes in the ground among rocks and in the hollows of logs. In a good season the female can have up to 10 young in a litter. As the mother has no real pouch the young spend most of their time in the nest. When they move around, the young cling onto the mother's teats. Fat-tailed dunnarts are found throughout Australia except Tasmania. They belong to the same family as the phascogales and planigales.


An online interactive knowledge test about the dunnart. Scores answers with the option of correcting if a mistake was made. Simple true - false quiz which can be played alone or with a friend. Ideal for comprehension testing and reinforcing what was learned.... back to aussie animals main page

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