What do they look like? The Long-nosed potoroo has a pointed nose and grey-brown fur and looks similar to a bandicoot. However it is a member of the Rat-kangaroo group. It has a body length of between 340mm and 380mm, and its tail can be up to 235mm.
Where do they live? The Long-nosed potoroo lives in a variety of vegetation including subtropical and temperate rainforests to open forest with dense undergrowth to coastal heaths. The Potoroo likes a thick groundcover for protection and nesting. Potoroo’s are distributed across south-eastern Australia with a small population in southern Queensland that extends into northern New South Wales. It is believed the Potoroo was previously more widespread.
What do they eat? The Long-nosed Potoroo use their long slightly curved claws to dig up food. They enjoy a diet of fungi, roots, fruit, flowers seeds and insects. They eat fungi and fungal spores are spread in their droppings. This assists native plants in gaining rich nutrients from the soil.
Behaviour: They are a nocturnal animal and spend most of their time enjoying the shelter and safety of thick undergrowth and vegetation.
Reproduction: Young Potoroos are born approximately 4 – 6 weeks after mating. Babies spend 3 to 4 months in the pouch before coming out when they usually weigh about 190g. They begin to eat solid food as soon as they leave the pouch but they remain close to their mother until they are about six months of age.
Threats: Potoroos are hunted by dingoes, owls and feral animals such as dogs, cats and foxes. The Potoroo was one of the first marsupials described by early settlers. Clearing of their natural habitat for farming and other land uses has been a major threat to their survival.
Conservation Status: Vulnerable.