Have you ever found a finger-deep hole in your lawn with a cone-shaped pile of dirt next to it? It could be someone looking for gold nuggets, but it's more likely a very cute bandicoot visitor coming out at night to feed.
While you may not love the holes, bandicoots are doing your garden a fantastic service by controlling your grub numbers and aerating your soil.
A Prickly Customer
Echidnas are out and about in the lead-up to their winter mating period, so if you live in an area with lots of native bush nearby, don’t be surprised if a small spiny visitor visits sometime soon.
Unlike many other native animals, Echidnas are relatively unafraid of people and can pop up in the most unexpected places.
In the Big Backyard: Baby Quolls come out to play
Quolls are winter breeders, so by August, some babies have grown big enough to leave the pouch for short forays into the big wide world.
Female quolls make their dens in tree hollows, logs, rock crevasses and even among building materials. Baby quolls start life as tiny, rice-grain sized embryos which attach themselves to their mother’s nipples to drink her milk.
Bouncing in Bigger Backyards
Although not common to most suburban backyards, wallabies and roos will visit backyards that are near bushland and will certainly frequently visit those lucky enough to have big backyards.
Drought has been bringing wallabies and roos closer to towns in search of food and water. The most common ones you might see are Red-necked wallabies,Swamp Wallabies and Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Is Mr Rakali in your backyard?
An unusual aquatic buddy is beginning to mate and give birth to cute little babies this month. You may not even know he’s around so read on to see if you have a Water Rat buddy in your local area.
The Water Rat, also known by the Aboriginal name Rakali, is a top predator in freshwater and saltwater environments right across Australia.