|The nest for day time looks like a flattened heap of sticks, grass and earth, but hollow logs provided safety from predators Eg: feral cats & foxes.
They usually feed at night time and are very active and defend their territory.
They may attack a rival and the fights can lead to the death on one of the Bandicoots.
We have photos of a Bandicoots called Scar with rather large wounds on each hip which has since healed only leaving a small bald patch.
Our other large Bandicoot is called Barney how has been visiting since we lost our Jack Russell dog in March '99, he is very friendly and will eat from your hand. Some females have been sighted with a heavy load of babies.
The bandicoots have proved to be very efficient Lawn Beetle eradicators!
As Bandicoots are marsupials they only partly develop inside their mother, between 2-4 are born at a time.
At birth they crawl into her pouch to feed on the milk to finish their development, usually in autumn or winter.
Young Bandicoots are born as little as 12 days after mating, each newborn is blind, hairless and only 13mm long and weighs a quarter of a gram!
Each Bandicoot attaches itself to one of eight teats inside the pouch, by the time they are 6-7 weeks old they have fur and their eyes are open and they have their first teeth. They now poke their heads out of the pouch, by 8-9 weeks they start exploring and soon leave their mother.
Before Europeans arrived in Australia Bandicoots had few natural enemies, such as Dingoes, Thylacines (Tasmanian Tigers) and snakes.
The local Aboriginals also used to hunt them for food.
When white man arrived just 22yrs ago they brought in foxes and cats and have destroyed large tracts of their habitat.
Yelverton Brook is going to predator proof fence their 100acs and attempt to eradicate all foxes, cats & rabbits to provide a safe and secure area.
Below is feeding advice sourced from various other Sanctuaries, Zoos and Rehabilitation Centres.
Perth Zoo - Clare Straltfort (contact)
Diet for captive Bandicoots -
Tin cat food - Eg: Dine beef/chicken
Dog/Cat dry feed - Eg: Ekanuba
Diced vegies - spinach, carrot, corn
Fruit - dried Figs, Apples, Pear, Banana
Ratio of feed per day - 3 mice, 1 pellet, 1 tablespoon of mixed fruit & veg
Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - Gooseberry Hill - Perth
Peanut butter paste
chop vegies into 1/4" cubes - pumpkin, sweet potato, grapes, apples, banana
Karakamia Sanctuary - Chidlow north east of Perth
Land for Wildlife Bandicoots notes -
Wildlife Notes No. 5 April 1998 Encouraging Quendas
Diet- Supplementary feeding is not harmful is allowed in small doses, although in most
cases it is not actually necessary. Although they are primarily insectivores, Quendas
have been known to accept small quantities of dog & cat food, Muesli, mixed dried fruits, horse feed, grain, peanut butter, bread bird seed, banana and potato crisps!
The main thing is to avoid encouraging wild animals to become solely dependant on artificial feeding, as in the long term this would prove harmful to the animal (incorrect diet, you going on holiday, etc:) We now provide special formulated Bandicoot pellets in your chalet.
With our observations and clients we have found over the last year since the Bandicoots have been visiting that they only come in when they feel safe and wish to grace us with their presence! They also dig in the lawns for beetles & worms.
We lost our small Jack Russell to snake bite in March several years ago and within 3 weeks Bandicoots were regular visitors to the chalets. Our small dog loved chasing rabbits and now we feel a Rabbit would have seemed similar to a Bandicoot for a small dog, hence we now have no dog.
As we do not have a 100% occupancy and our wildlife is not dependant on our small supplementary feeding. We will be adding a copy of these feeding notes into our compendium in each chalet to educate our clients on the correct feeding of the animals.
The Bandicoots do not appear every night and often when the clients are in their outdoor
spa they venture out! Possums seem to come and go at there own free will and seem to disappear for several weeks at a time, indicating that they do not rely on the food we provide at all!
We feel we are educating our clients on the valuable native wildlife and how special they are. It seems a worry when clients do not even know the difference between a Bandicoot and a Possum!!!
Our current feeding notes you will find on the dining room table show pictures to help this problem and suggested size of feed quantities.