It lives in a forest habitat
The Long-nosed Potoroo is a small marsupial mammal of the rat kangaroo family, a family that includes several species of which some are extremely rare: one, considered extinct, was rediscovered in 1994. The species presented here is fortunately common and not endangered.
Living in a forest habitat, it critically needs bushy undergrowth and thick grass in order to conceal itself. It also needs soil which isn’t too compact because, while it is omnivorous and eats mainly insects and larvae, it also feeds on any roots and tubers it finds by digging with the claws of its little front legs. It also eats fungi which it manages to spread through the spores in its feces. Its diet has contributed to its survival because after bush fires it always manages to find food underground or fungi on dead trees.
A less threatened species
- Name: Long-nosed Potoroo
- Latin name: Potorous tridactylus
- Origin: South-eastern Australia, northern Tasmania
- IUCN status: Least concerned
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