and body length is 300-350 mm, tail length is 80-200mm.
Weights average .1 -1.4 kg. The upperparts are a mixture
of blackish-brown and yellow or orange, with yellowish
gray, yellowish brown or white underparts. Shortnosed
bandicoots have a somewhat broader snout than longnosed
and the jaws are slight shorter and stoughter. The pouch
is well-developed and opens backwards, concealing eight
Isoodon obesulus inhabits open-timbered country,
thick grasses along the edges of swamps and rivers, and
thick scrub on dry ridges. Isoodon
obesulus travels by making
long tunnels in the grass and upon finding prey, crushes
it in its forepaws. It prefers insects and worms.
Females are polyestrous with cycles averaging 20 days.
They produce 2-3 litters during their season with as many
as 5 young. No more than four young per litter generally
survive, so the extra 4 mammae are available for the next
litter and rapid reproduction.
is found in SE New South Wales, S Victoria, SE South Australia,
N Queensland, SW Western Australia, Nuyts. Arch. (Greater
Australian Bight, S Australian coast), and Tasmania .