Species Details

@Md Shalauddin,Jagannath University,Dhaka

Large Bandicoot Rat Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Bandicota indica
Family : Muridae
Order : Rodentis
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Greater Bandicoot Rat, Bandicoot Rat
Habitat : Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)
Description : The Large Bandicoot Rat is a medium-sized rodent, with a body length of around 25-30 cm (excluding its tail). It has short, dense fur that is generally a brownish-grey color, with a lighter underbelly. Its ears and tail are relatively large in proportion to its body.

The Large Bandicoot Rat is primarily herbivorous, and feeds on a wide variety of plants, seeds, and fruits. However, it will also occasionally consume insects and other small invertebrates.

The Large Bandicoot Rat is found in a wide range of habitats, including agricultural fields, forests, grasslands, and urban areas. It is particularly common in areas with sandy soils, and is known to be a burrowing species.

The Large Bandicoot Rat is a primarily nocturnal species, and is most active at night. It is also known to be a solitary animal, although it may form small groups or colonies in certain situations. It is a relatively fast and agile runner, and is able to burrow quickly through loose soil.

The Large Bandicoot Rat breeds throughout the year, with females giving birth to litters of 2-6 young after a gestation period of around 21-25 days. The young are weaned after around 3-4 weeks, and are able to reproduce themselves within a few months. The Large Bandicoot Rat is known to have a relatively short lifespan, typically living for only 1-2 years in the wild.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:wikipedia,iucnredlist.org; photo credit:Md Shalauddin (Jagannath University,Dhaka), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.