Long-nosed potoroo

Potorous tridactylus

The Long-nosed potoroo is found in coastal heaths and dry and wet sclerophyll forests with dense understorey on the South-eastern coast of Australia, from Queensland to eastern Victoria and Tasmania, including some of the Bass Strait islands.

There are geographically isolated populations in western Victoria. In NSW it is generally restricted to coastal heaths and forests east of the Great Dividing Range.

The Long-nosed potoroo is a small marsupial with an average adult weight of up to 1.6 kg, and part of the Rat-kangaroo family.

Underground-fruiting fungi are a large component of the diet of the Long-nosed Potoroo. Roots, tubers, insects and their larvae, as well as other soft-bodied animals in the soil are also consumed.

A sign that Long-nosed potoroo may be around is small holes dug in the ground as search for food.

They hide during the daylight hours through the summer, in winter they may be seen foraging during the day, they are however mainly nocturnal.

The Long-nosed potoroo is listed as endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation from land clearing for residential and agricultural development, inappropriate fire regimes that reduce the density and diversity of understorey vegetation, as well as predation from foxes, dogs and cats.

If you live in an area where these unique animals may still exist you can help by:

Preventing domestic cats and dogs from roaming into their habitat.

Protect and maintain dense understorey and create or maintain linkages across the broader landscape.

Where fire control is necessary apply mosaic pattern hazard reduction burns to ensure the same areas are not burned continuously.

Reference NSW OEH