Sometimes Australians take our native animals for granted, but people in other countries usually know little about them.
Do you know much about dunnarts?
Here is one link.
Dunnarts are small furry animals about the size of a mouse, but are marsupials. They weight about 20grams. The body is about 9cm long and the tail about 6cm.
Dunnarts eat mainly insects although they will eat other small animals such as lizards. Dunnarts live in drier, cooler areas of Australia and New Guinea, preferring woodland and grassland regions.
21 species have been recorded. Oddly, the male dunnart's Y chromosome has only four genes, making it the smallest known mammalian Y chromosome.
|A mother is transporting several babies.|
This link gives more detail about dunnarts as pets.
This clip is rather interesting and comes from WWF.