12 Aug 🐁 Our mystery animal is the fawn hopping-mouse!
Posted at 15:42h in NHM
The scientific name of this animal is 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘺𝘴 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘴.
At present they can be found around Lake Eyre in north-east South Australia and south-west Queensland. They are extinct in the Northern Territory, presumed extinct in NSW and endangered in South Australia. Threats faced by the fawn hopping-mouse include predators like cats and foxes and competing for food with introduced species like cows and rabbits. Drought and lack of rainfall due to climate-change also affect the amount of available food.
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