Black-footed Tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii gouldii)
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