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The Red-Tailed Phascogale is fighting for its very survival
The adorable red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura), also known as the red-tailed wambenger, is a small carnivorous marsupial found in the WA Wheatbelt. As the common name suggests, it sports a striking orange-red tail and its scientific name means “beautiful-tailed pouched-weasel”.
An arboreal and nocturnal species, the red-tailed phascogale has a varied diet, feeding on insects, spiders, and also small birds and small mammals. It does not drink as its water is metabolised through its food, an adaptation to arid conditions. It is about the size of a mouse but it’s a lot feistier (in fact it likes to eat them!).