Black-footed Tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii gouldii)

Classification: Endangered

There's more to the Black-footed Tree-rat than it having black feet and found up trees. It also has a shaggy grey-brown coat and a creamy white underbelly, has large ears, sharp claws (for tree dwelling) and a long tail tipped with a brush of white hair. This particular species is endemic to the Kimberley region and the Northern Territory.

It's a solitary and nocturnal species, sheltering in tree hollows during the day. And at night, perhaps in the tropical woodland or in the open forest, is where the Black-footed Tree-rat will be fossicking for food. There's an estimated 30,000 of these guys left.

Photo: Greening Australia

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