Lifespan: 6 years in the wild and 10 years in human care
Weight: Up to 2.5kgs
Size: body length up to 55cm plus a tail of up to 29cm. Females are about half the size of males.
- Some Australian use the bilby as the symbol of Easter. The now popularised Easter Bilby has raised further awareness of its plight in the wild as well as funds to support conservation efforts
- Their large, hairless ears assist them in keeping cool as well as hearing predators
- The females have a backwards facing pouch so it does not fill with dirt when digging
- The hind limbs have two small toes that grow close together on the inside of their large middle toe. Like a kangaroo this ‘double nail) is used for grooming
- They have the smallest gestation period of all the mammals; only 12-16 days.