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Scientific Name: 
Mesembriomys gouldii
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Rodentia
Family: 
Muridae
Genus: 
Mesembriomys
Species: 
gouldii
Status: 
Near Threatened
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

The Black-footed Tree-rat is not a destructive, disease-carrying intruder like the Brown Rat but a true Australian native.
A good climber, it eats fruit and insects and builds its nest in a tree hollow. It’s also a fast runner. Mothers can speed through the forest with three young, clamped tightly on her teats, dragging along behind her.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008