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The forests, woodlands and grasslands of the Noosa 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 our towns, 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). 

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).  A number of bat species occur in the region as well.

Dingoes (and hybrids between Dingoes and domestic dogs) may live in the wild in our 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). 

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).

Mammals - 11 species

Antechinus Antechinus flavipes (Yellow-footed Antechinus)

Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes
Antechinus flavipes

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Native Rat Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat)

Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster

Other Small Marsupial Isoodon macrourus (Northern Brown Bandicoot)

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Whale Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)

Native Rat Melomys burtoni (Grassland Melomys)

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Glider Petaurus breviceps (Sugar Glider)

Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Petaurus breviceps
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus
Phascolarctos cinereus

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Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus (Common Ringtail Possum)

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

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Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying Fox)

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

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Monotreme Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna)

Tachyglossus aculeatus
Tachyglossus aculeatus
Tachyglossus aculeatus
Tachyglossus aculeatus
Tachyglossus aculeatus
Tachyglossus aculeatus

Possum Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum)

Trichosurus vulpecula
Trichosurus vulpecula
Trichosurus vulpecula
Trichosurus vulpecula
Trichosurus vulpecula
Trichosurus vulpecula

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