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Rufous Bettong , Rufous Rat-kangaroo , Kangaroo Rat
Aepyprymnus rufescens
Mammal Family :"Bettongs"
Description :Common.Body 39cm ; Tail 34cm ; Weight 3.5kg. Colour, light reddish brown interspersed with silver-white. Eats herbs, grasses, root, tubers and fungi. Bounds on it's hindlegs, uses it's forelegs for turning and carries nesting material in it's curled tail.
Typical Habitat :Coastal eucalypt forest to dry open woodland west of the Great Dividing Range. Only occupies areas with a sparse or grassy understorey. Home ranges for males cover 75-110 hectares. Grazes paddocks and roadside verges.
Distribution :From Cooktown to the border of Victoria.
Introduced :No
Seen North Qld :  Yes

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