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Overview

The forests, woodlands and grasslands of the ACT region support a diversity of native and introduced mammals, including arboreal marsupials, relatively large grazing marsupials, smaller ground-dwelling mammals, and bats. Some of these mammals can be found in the bushlands and grasslands within the urban fabric of Canberra, and some native species, such as the Common Brushtail Possum, have made our backyards their home as well.

Arboreal (i.e. tree-dwelling) marsupials include the Possums, Pygmy-possums, Gliders, Phascogales and Koala. The larger grazers include the Common (or Bare-nosed) Wombat and four local species of Macropod (the ubiquitous Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Wallaroo, Red-necked Wallaby and Swamp Wallaby). The Eastern Bettong, extinct in the ACT since the 1870s is a recent return to the region, having been re-introduced from Tasmania to Mulligan’s Flat Sanctuary, with plans to establish wild populations outside the sanctuary fence.

Young Swamp Wallabies are sometimes mistaken for the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, though the latter has not been seen in the ACT since the 1950s and is presumed to be extinct in the wild in the region (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has a captive population). From prey remains under eagle nests and a single road-killed specimen, it is possible that populations of at least one Bandicoot species occur in the ACT region.

Smaller ground-dwelling mammals include the two monotremes (Echidna and Platypus), the carnivorous Dasyurids (Quolls, Antechinus and Dunnarts) and native rodents (Bush Rat, Water Rat and Broad-toothed Rat). The threatened Smoky Mouse has not been recorded in the ACT since the 1980s (from montane heath habitats high in Namadgi National Park) though the species may still occur in Namadgi National Park at low density. At least twelve bat species occur in the ACT, including two species of Flying-fox which usually vacate the ACT during the cooler months.

Dingoes (and hybrids between Dingoes and domestic dogs) live in the wild in the ACT region, and whilst a nuisance to graziers they also perform the valuable role of top predator in natural ecosystems. Non-native wild mammals include three species of Deer, Pigs, Foxes, feral Cats and rodents (European Rabbit, European Hare, Black Rat, Brown Rat, House Mouse). Horses are intermittently present in higher areas of Namadgi National Park close to adjacent NSW National Parks where populations of wild horses occur.

Moderators for mammals are Murray Evans and Michael Mulvaney (Ecologists with the ACT Government).

Here at CNM we are constantly surprised at the high quality of photos submitted, many are of publication standard. We look forward to seeing many more! Please keep in mind that rodents in particular can be difficult to tell apart in photos, and so clear close-up photos that include the head, body and tail are most useful. Small bats are also difficult to identify and clear photos of the face and tail are important (note that it’s best not to handle small bats, to avoid injury to them and yourself).

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Rabbit / Hare Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit)

Oryctolagus cuniculus
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Oryctolagus cuniculus

Other hoofed mammal Ovis aries (Sheep)

Ovis aries
Ovis aries

Other Small Marsupial Perameles nasuta (Long-nosed Bandicoot)

Perameles nasuta
Perameles nasuta
Perameles nasuta
Perameles nasuta

Glider Petauroides volans (Greater Glider)

Glider Petaurus australis (Yellow-bellied Glider)

Glider Petaurus breviceps (Sugar Glider)

Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps

Glider Petaurus norfolcensis (Squirel Glider)

Kangaroo / Wallaby Petrogale penicillata (Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby)

Petrogale penicillata
Petrogale penicillata
Petrogale penicillata
Petrogale penicillata
Petrogale penicillata
Petrogale penicillata

Other Small Marsupial Phascogale tapoatafa (Brush-tailed Phascogale)

Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus

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Other Small Marsupial Potorous tridactylus (Long-nosed Potoroo)

Potorous tridactylus
Potorous tridactylus
Potorous tridactylus
Potorous tridactylus
Potorous tridactylus
Potorous tridactylus

Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Common Ringtail Possum)

Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Pseudocheirus peregrinus

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Native Mouse Pseudomys fumeus (Smoky Mouse)

Native Mouse Pseudomys novaehollandiae (New Holland Mouse)

Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying Fox)

Pteropus poliocephalus
Pteropus poliocephalus
Pteropus poliocephalus
Pteropus poliocephalus
Pteropus poliocephalus
Pteropus poliocephalus

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Flying Fox Pteropus scapulatus (Little Red Flying Fox)

Pteropus scapulatus
Pteropus scapulatus

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Native Rat Rattus fuscipes (Bush Rat)

Rattus fuscipes
Rattus fuscipes
Rattus fuscipes
Rattus fuscipes
Rattus fuscipes
Rattus fuscipes

Introduced Rodent Rattus norvegicus (Brown Rat)

Rattus norvegicus
Rattus norvegicus
Rattus norvegicus
Rattus norvegicus
Rattus norvegicus
Rattus norvegicus

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Introduced Rodent Rattus rattus (Black Rat)

Rattus rattus
Rattus rattus
Rattus rattus
Rattus rattus
Rattus rattus
Rattus rattus

Microbat Rhinolophus megaphyllus (Eastern Horseshoe Bat)

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