Bilby or Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot
The bilby, like all bandicoots, is a nocturnal animal (most active at night). Digging with its strong, clawed feet, this solitary mammal excavates long, complex burrows. Its underground dens are up to 5 feet (1.5 m) long.
Anatomy: The bilby is about 15 inches (38 cm) long with an 8 inch (20 cm) tail. Its sense of hearing and smell are excellent but its vision is poor.
Diet: The bilby is an omnivore (eating plants and animals). It eats insects (like termites), lizards, mice, worms, snails, fruit, seeds, and some plants. The bilby needs very little water; it gets the water it needs from its food. It obtains food mostly at dawn and at dusk.
Predators: The bilby is hunted by foxes and feral cats (cats that have reverted to the wild). The bilby retreats into its burrow for protection.
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