Posted by Bilby
September 18, 2013
I’m a bilby or Pink-eared Bandicoot and there’s not many of us left.
Bandicoots are furry marsupials any size from a rat to a rabbit and mostly with long noses and short tails.
Bilbies are the only bandicoots that burrow and are about the size of rabbits, although I hate to say that word again!
Our front claws are strong, to burrow and search for food. Two fine claws on our back feet make combs to keep our soft grey and white fur looking good.
Bilbies have the biggest ears and the longest tails of all bandicoots. Our tall curved ears are bare and pink. Our tails are black with a fluffy white tail-tuft on the end, pretty deadly!
Australia is the only place bilbies live. We used to dig and burrow across most of the drier parts but now we’re only found in two of the very driest places. Don’t get me started on why!
Bilbies are always digging: small holes for bulbs, fungi, termites and grubs, or deep spiralling burrows to escape down.
Well, that’s enough from me for now.
If you’ve got any questions I’ll try to answer them as best I can, or you can ask Gran.
Chuditch, Mala, Numbat and Sticky have said a bit below about themselves.