The golden bandicoot is a nocturnal marsupial. It constructs a nest in dense vegetation or in logs, using sticks, leaves and grass, in which it rests during the day (2). This marsupial’s night vision and sense of smell are well-developed. It forages for insects, small reptiles and roots at night (3).
Bandicoots are notable for having one of the highest reproductive rates of all marsupials (3). The gestation period lasts only 12.5 days and is one of the shortest gestation periods of all mammals (4). Females give birth to two to three young. The offspring crawl into the mothers pouch and are carried there for seven weeks. After this there is little parental care, a trait that enables adult bandicoots to mate and reproduce several times a year (3).