Fawn-footed Melomys

Fawn-footed Melomys

Melomys cervinipes

Identification:

Body length 114 mm; tail length 160 mm; weight 70 g. Rat-sized; variable colour, but adults are usually brown rather than grey; belly pale to whitish; tail longer than head-body length, hairless with small scales arranged like mosaic bathroom tiles. Hind foot length is usually greater than 26 mm and first interdigital pad is longer than 2.3 mm. First and second molars have 4 roots. 

Habitat and Range:

Rainforest and moist lantana, bracken, creek verges of the D’Aguilar Range and southern foothills. Common in restricted habitat. East coast of Qld and northern NSW.

Notes:

Nocturnal and partly arboreal. Similar to Grassland Melomys.

Threats:

Cats and land clearing.

Traces:

Droppings often very small, knobbly and mouse-like (5 mm long by 2 mm wide).

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