Bandicoots are marsupials found in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and nearby islands. Bandicoots are 12–30 in. long, including the 4- to 12-in. sparsely haired tail. They have a stout, coarse-haired body, a tapered muzzle, and hindlimbs longer than their forelimbs. Unlike other marsupials, bandicoots have a placenta. They are terrestrial, solitary animals that dig pits to search for insect and plant food. Farmers consider them pests. All species have declined, and some are now endangered.
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