Burrowing bettong

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Burrowing bettong

Order : Diprotodontia
Family : Potoroidae
Species : Bettongia lesueur

 

Keywords: white

The Boodie, burrowing bettong, lesueur's rat kangaroo is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Countries
Australia
Some facts about the
Burrowing bettong

Adult weight : 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs)

Female maturity :218 days

Gestation : 21 days

Weaning : 165 days

Litter size : 1

Interval between litters : 117 days

Weight at weaning : 0.3 kg (0.66 lbs)

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Facts about the burrowing bettong

The type of Bettongia lesueur is from Dirk Hartog Island (where it is locally extinct).

The burrowing bettong is a nocturnal, vulnerable species . (Full text)

*** The burrowing bettong is the only burrowing species of the kangaroo family. (Full text)

Description The burrowing bettong is a marsupial and the only burrowing member of the kangaroo family though, as its other common name, the Lesueur’s rat kangaroo, indicates, it actually bears some resemblance to a rat. (Full text)

Endangered: The Burrowing Bettong is now increasing in numbers thanks to a concerted preservation effort.

Also referred to as a 'Boodie' the Burrowing Bettong is nocturnal, choosing to spend much of the day hidden away from heat and predators in its burrow.

Actually a miniature kangaroo, the burrowing bettong is the only member of the family to live year-round in burrows. (Full text)

Burrowing Bettong is potentially available in six (6) land systems in Cathedral Cave’s catchment and in five (5) land systems in Kenniff Cave’s catchment (Tables X.

Burrowing Bettong is a ground dwelling non-macropod that prefers tubers, bulbs, seeds, nuts, and green plants.

Burrowing bettongs are largely vegetarian and will dig for food using scent to guide them to the food. (Full text)

The species became extinct in mainland Australia in the 1940s and Burrowing Bettongs are now present naturally on only 5 off-shore islands in Western Australia.

Boodies (Burrowing Bettongs) are steadily increasing in number again after a period of little breeding activity. (Full text)

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