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Greening Australia homes for Black Footed Tree Rats

November 15, 2017

Rakhi Retreat is participating in the Black Footed Tree Rat trial

Greening Australia has provided 5 tree boxes to be monitored.

One friend was aghast that we should be encouraging rats -

it should be noted that these fellas are marsupials and more distantly related to rats than we are















The Black Footed Tree Rat is a prime suspect for eating our pumpkin crops

they stand in the line up with the local 

wallabies and possums


but we have had enough to share

and chicken wire domes seem to keep them at bay 


the boxes are in different trees in different habitat types on the property

-an Ironwood and a couple of wooly butt in the woodland

-a Canarium austalianum in the marginal rainforest

-a black wattle on the paperbark forest verge













The green Army have been helping out with weed control and brought their camera on a stick to see if there is anyone home


none yet


but the boxes are yet to be up for a month


they noted the tree species and orientation of the boxes. over time they will gather data on the surrounding habitat



we will keep you posted as the trial progresses

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