Thursday, 6 August 2009

Being nosey

I don't have a lawn. If I did have a lawn, it wouldn't last very long. Not only do the pademelons nibble down any vascular plants that poke their leaves above the moss, but the bandicoots like to strip-mine the garden. Bandicoots are both industrious and secretive. I suspect they are exporting the soil to Comalco and investing the proceeds in fine art.

Two species of bandicoot occur in this area: the long-nosed (Perameles nasuta) and the northern brown (Isoodon macrourus). I'm no mammal expert, but I'm pretty sure this is the former.

Bauxite mining is a sideline. Most of their digging activity is a search for invertebrates — beetle larvae, cicada nymphs, worms, burrowing spiders — and fungi. They supplement their diet with small amounts of plant matter. If they can wrest it from the pademelons.

Unfortunately, long-nosed bandicoots aren't good with cars. Despite the low volume of traffic on this road, one of the young bandicoots (possibly this one) got flattened the other night. The roadkill didn't last long — a matter of hours — so some scavenger did very well for itself.


Sherrie Y said...

Bandicoots! Pademelons! It's as though you're living in a Lewis Carroll book! I half expect the next post to be jabberwocks and mad hatters. I want to wake up in your garden, although preferably not in the middle of a bandicoot mining expedition.

Snail said...

It's pretty good, ain't it? I wouldn't advise sleeping in the garden, though, what with all the blood-sucking critters. And, in summer, the very large pythons.

The whipbirds really have been through the looking glass. They are mad hatters in avian form. It's difficult to describe their behaviour but they are clearly insane.

Sherrie Y said...

I've GOT it! The solution to internet nightmares: Telemetry on the garden beasts. It would probably be about as efficient, and definitely more entertaining.

Snail said...

Hmmm ... I like your thinking. And if I can get them in a certain configuration, I could probably broadcast my message to the world ...


Oops, forgot myself there. Carry on.