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Peramelemorphia - bandicoots, bilbies

Eastern Barred BandicootThis marsupial order includes the bandicoots and bilbies. The species in this order have small, compact bodies; pointed heads; and strong front claws. They have short front paws and longer hind paws that allow them to hop. The second and third toes on their front paws are fused together. Their pouch opens from the back.

Bandicoots and bilbies eat insects, plants, small rodents, and lizards. Bandicoots are found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. There are 22 species in three families in this order.


  Chaeropodidae (Pig-footed bandicoots)
  Peramelidae (Australian bandicoots)
  Thylacomyidae (Bilbies)