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Long-nosed Bandicoot, North Head - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Perameles nasuta - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 28 Feb 1997
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A nocturnal marsupial of medium size. Adults range from 310 - 425 mm in head and body length, tail length varies from 120 - 155 mm and body weight may vary from 850 - 1100 grams. Males are larger than females. Colour is typically dark, greyish-brown above and creamy white below. The forefeet and upper surfaces of the hindfeet are also creamy white. The muzzle is long and pointed and the ears are distinctly larger and more pointed than short-nosed bandicoots of the genus Isoodon.


Restricted to North Head in the Manly Local Government Area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Essentially a solitary animal that occupies a variety of habitats on North Head. Forages mainly at or after dusk, digging for invertebrates, fungi and tubers. The conical holes it leaves in the soil are often seen at the interface of naturally vegetated and areas of open grass around the Quarantine Station, former Defence Lands and Saint Patrick's Estate.
  • Shelters during the day in a well-concealed nest based on a shallow hole lined with leaves and grass, sometimes under debris, sometimes hidden with soil and with the entrance closed for greater concealment.
  • Mating takes place at night and may occur throughout the year in the Sydney Region, although there is a trough in breeding activity from late autumn (April) to mid-winter (June). Has a very high reproductive capacity. There are 8 teats in the pouch and litter sizes range from one to five but usually two to three. Birth takes place during the daylight hours after a gestation of only 12.5 days. The young are carried in the pouch for 50 to 54 days and are then left in the nest. When the young are about 50 days old the mother may mate again and produce another litter several days after the previous one has been weaned. In good years, females may produce up to 4 litters. Female bandicoots may begin breeding at about four months of age and males at about five months.
  • Has been recorded living up to three years in captivity. Assumed to live for up to two to two and a half years in the wild. Monitoring of the North Head population since 1997 has recorded some individuals living for up to three years.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known South of Addison Road Manly Headland, including Sydney Harbour National Park (north)