General Description

Body fur yellow-brown (buff), darker around eyes and white underneath. Large ears and a pointed nose. Tail very wide at the base. Hind feet long and white. Body up to 9 cm, tail up to 6 cm.


Fat-tailed Dunnarts feed on insects and shelter in a communal grass nest under a log or rock. They store fat in their short tail to use when food is scarce. The use of pesticides could affect their survival in agricultural areas.


South and central mainland Australia, excluding eastern and southwestern coastal areas.


Variety of open habitats such as grasslands and desert.

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