Rufus Bettong

Aepyprymnus rufescensy


The Rufus Bettong has a body length of 375-390mm, the tail is 338-387mm and it weighs approximately 3kg.

This beautiful creature is found on the eastern side of Australia, unfortunately numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate due to loss of habitat.

The Bettong will collect grass in its mouth and carry the grass to its nest by the tail.

It builds a cone shaped nest and as new material is brought to the nest, it will with its snout push the new material under the old, here it will spend the day asleep. As night approaches it will come out to feed on grasses and herbs, dig for roots and tubers with its strong clawed forelegs.

The female will reach sexual maturity at about 11 months of age, and enter oestrus cycle at about three weekly intervals.

The gestation is 22-24 days, one young being born and attaches itself to a teat. After 7-8 weeks it will start to emerge and finally leave the pouch permanently at 16 weeks old. It will then stay with the mother for another 7 weeks also sharing the nest.

It lives in dry sclerophyll forests with dense under story.

Images by Kathy & Rachel Grieveson


Ronald Strahan. The Australian Museum Complete book of Australian Mammals.

Encyclopedia of Australian Animals









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