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1 Swamp Wallaby at Red Hill Nature Reserve

Wallabia bicolor at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Aug 2020
Wallabia bicolor at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Aug 2020
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Identification history

Wallabia bicolor 6 Sep 2020 DonFletcher
Wallabia bicolor 6 Sep 2020 DonFletcher
Unidentified 5 Sep 2020 LisaH

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I am assuming this is the tail of a possum? I am intrigued by the clean shearing off of the end of the tail from the rest of the body, and wondered if it might have been a meal for an owl or bird of prey?

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   6 Sep 2020
Hi LisaH, I cant tell the size very well but it looks to me like the tail of a Black (Swamp) Wallaby Wallabia bicolor. Some of the possums have bare skin on the underside (for grip) and all have soft thin fluffy fur. This looks too coarse on one side to be any of those. DNA from saliva could identify the predator but my first guess would be fox. Why they bite off tail tips I do not know.
LisaH wrote:
   6 Sep 2020
Thank you! That is fascinating - and makes so much sense, as the hair is so coarse. I would never have imagined the tail tip belonged to a wallaby - or that it could be taken down by a fox. Really appreciate the ID and the background.
   6 Sep 2020
I have seen a large male kangaroo dying of starvation but still able to struggle to its feet, lose the tip of its tail while sleeping under a tree. So Black Wallaby - no problem. But why? Maybe it enables the fox to safely assess the potential danger of attacking that animal, though foxes are only known to kill the sub-adults and juveniles of these species.

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Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush Lily) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 Dec 2017 by KL

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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