Australian Animal Archive

Pig-footed Bandicoot.

Chaeropus ecaudatus (ay'-kaw-dah'-tus : "tail-less pig-foot".)

(The first specimen to be described after having accidentally lost it tail.

Status: Extinct.

Australian Pig Footed Bandicoot.

Unlike other perameloids (bandicoote and bilby species), the Pig-footed Bandicoot appears to have been quadrupedal, meaning all four limbs were used for walking, and having four feet). The Pig-footed Bandicoot inhabited the semi-arid woodland with a dense understorey, shrubland and the tussock grasslands.

The Pig-footed Bandicoot run on the tips of its hoof-like feet. Only the second and third toes of the forefeet were functional, the first and fifth toe absent and the fourth toe minute. On the hind feet, only the fourth toe was functional (the first absent, the second and third were small and fused together, and the fifth toe minute.

Being nocturnal, the Pig-footed Bandicoot would feed on grasses and during the daylight hours and sleep in a nest of twigs and leaves over a shallow scrape. The female had eight teats in a backward-directed pouch but only reared two young at anyone time. The young were born during the months of May to June.

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