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Central Rock Rat

Central Rock Rat

Status: Critical
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Zyzomys pedunculatus
Date Listed as Endangered: June 14, 1976

Central rock rat or Zyzomys pedunculatus belongs to the five species of rock rats found in the northern part of Australia. It is considered as extinct until its rediscovery in 1996. Central rock rats has thick yellow-brown fur on the upper side and lighter on the lower part. They often grow stocky and weigh around 70 to 120 grams (2.5 to 4.2 ounces). Their length ranges from 10 to 15 cm (4.2 to 5.9 inches).

Central rock rats are believed to be nocturnal. They feed on seeds of grasses, forbs, shrubs and insects. The existence of rock rats has been threatened however the threat is not formally identified. It is believed that it is due to loss of habitat caused by forest fires and agricultural development.

The Central Rock Rat

Some central rock rats are kept in the West MacDonnell National Park where they are prepared for a captive breeding program.

 
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