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Fat-tailed Dunnart

Fat-tailed Dunnart

Introduction

Head-Body Length:60-90 mm
Weight:10-20 g
Identification:The fat-tailed dunnart has dusty brown fur, large ears, and a short, swollen tail.
Habitat:Woodlands, shrublands, plains and fields
Diet:Carnivore: insects, invertebrates
Reproduction:Fat-tailed dunnarts breed from July to February. Although the female has 8-10 teats in her pouch, only five of her offspring will survive to ten weeks of age.
Both males and females are solitary. Groups of fat-tailed dunnarts may share nests during the fall and winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Because they get all of their water from their food, fat-tailed dunnarts never have to drink. Their short tails are used to store fat

Geographic:Southern Australia
Central Australia 
Date:1958 – 1988 Subjects: Sminthopsis
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata

KEY FACTS

Name Fat-tailed dunnart,Sminthopsis crassicaudata
Origin Australia
Size 60-90 mm
Litter Size two litters
Life span Females live for up to 18 months with males having a slightly shorter lifespan at 15 months in the wild. In captivity, they can live for over 2 years.
Reproduction Fat-tailed dunnarts breed from July to February. Although the female has 8-10 teats in her pouch, only five of her offspring will survive to ten weeks of age
Weight 10-20 g
Colors dark brown,yellowish-brown

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scientific classification

Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia    Infraclass – Marsupialia                Order – Dasyuromorpha
Family – Dasyuridae
Genus – Smithopsis
Genus Species – Smithopsis crassicaudata

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