LESSER BANDICOOT RAT OR INDIAN MOLE RAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

INDIAN MOLE RAT

LESSER BANDICOOT RAT OR INDIAN MOLE RAT

DESCRIPTION: Only slightly smaller than B. indica, this is identified by its browner rather than black colouration, and a dark tail that is shorter than its head and body length. Its undersides are greyish; its face is more rounded, with a broad muzzle and round, pinkish ears. In hand, it is seen to have up to 18 mammae, while the Large Bandicoot only has twelve.

BEHAVIOUR: Its burrow system has up to a dozen openings, normally plugged with loose soil. It grunts often and is a very aggressive rat.

DISTRIBUTION: Throughout India. B.b. wardii: only in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

HABITAT: Near human habitation and crop fields, pasture, wasteland, vegetation near wetlands or waterbodies, and inundated paddies.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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