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Stick-nest Rat

Stick-nest Rat

Status: Critical
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Leporillus apicalis

Stick nest or house building rats were found in some parts of central Australia. However, today the only large colony that is left were found off the coast of South Australia particularly Franklin Island.
Researchers have found a small numbers of these species in Western Australia but none have been sighted recently. An adult species may range in about 45 cm (18 inches) to 55 cm (22 inches) from tip of nose to tip of tail. They can create a home made out of sticks that are laid over the tops of small holes in the ground.

The Stick Nest Rat

These species feeds on thick juicy leaves of plants. Sheep, rabbits and cattle contributes to the destruction of their food.

 
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