Quenda (Isoodon obesulus)
|Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto)
|Medium: Black & White|
|Date Taken: 2013-04-01|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 21:33|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Quenda (or Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus) is a charming small marsupial from the South of Australia. It was a much more common species before introduced foxes and cats, and changes to fire patterns reduced its distribution. It is making a come back in the South West of Western Australia in particular, probably because of a long term and large scale state-run poisoning of foxes across most of the region.|
They are a light brown colour, about 30cm long and can weigh up to 1kg. They can become very tame, eating dog food and bird seeds. Their normal food is fungi and invertebrates. They dig conical holes in their search for food, turning over leaf litter and increasing water penetration in the soil.
This particular male has been around our block for the past 2 years, and co-exists happily with our elderly dog. He even comes in the shed asking for food! He is re-landscaping the garden with its diggings all over the place (note the sharp front claws). A new quenda, much smaller, has arrived a few weeks ago. If it is a female, it could have up to three litters of between 2 and 6 youngs a year. I am not sure if our garden will survive the onslaught!
Photo taken in colour but changed to B&W to get rid of some unnatural coloured objects.
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