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Armstrong. ) excavated in the shelter of a shrub or grass tussock. The West Australian boodie, a species of bettong, digs its own burrow or uses the abandoned tunnels of rabbits. Wombats are supreme diggers—their homes are extensive burrows in forests, grasslands or scrub. Among the arboreal diprotodonts, most use some kind of customized resting place. Cuscuses prepare special sleeping platforms of bent twigs and leaves, while honey possums and pygmy gliders weave intricate nests of grass, shredded bark and moss.

Typhlops, occurs as far south as the Nullabor Plain bordering the Great Australian Bight and east into southwestern Queensland. Where and to what extent the two species overlap is not known. Habitat Marsupial moles are sand-dwellers. They were originally given the generic name, Psammoryctes, meaning “sand dig26 A marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) digging a burrow in a sand dune in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. (Photo by B. G. Thomson/Photo Researchers, Inc. ) Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia Vol.

5 cm). Highland forests. Nocturnal, terrestrial, and generally solitary. Southeastern Papua New Guinea. Consists mainly of vegetable matter. Not threatened Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, and Mysol Island. Weyland Mountain of western New Guinea and Vogelkop Peninsula at extreme tip of the island. 17 Family: Bandicoots Vol. 13: Mammals II Resources Books Flannery, T. Mammals of New Guinea. Sydney: Reed Books and Australian Museum, 1995. Flannery, T. Mammals of the South-West Pacific and Moluccan Islands.

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