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Scientific Name: 
Leporillus conditor
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Rodentia
Family: 
Muridae
Genus: 
Leporillus
Species: 
conditor
Status: 
Vulnerable
Population Trend: 
Stable

This hard-working rodent builds communal nests that can be a metre high and have five separate entrances. The nest is home to 10 to 20 rats with each generation adding their improvements to the design.

The Greater Stick-nest Rat is extinct on the mainland but animals from islands off South Australia are being bred in Australian zoos as part of a re-introduction program.

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