Greater Stick Nest Rats are herbivores and are found on the Franklin Islands in desert woodlands. They have yellowish – brown fluffy fur with white markings on their back feet. They also have fluffy rounded ears. It eats saltbush, leaves, fruits, native grass seeds, and larger acedia seeds.
They have one structural adaptation. They have a tail for decoration. The tail is dark brown on top and light brown below. It can grow up to 18cm long!
The Greater Stick Nest Rat has multiple behavioural adaptations including defending their nest, getting most of their water from plants, not drinking, and building their nest out of sticks. Greater Stick Nest Rats defend their nest from outsiders to help them survive. They get most of their water from succulents, leaves and fruits because they drink from food. Another interesting fact is Greater Stick Nest Rats get their name from building great big nests out of sticks for homes.
And last but not least they have many threats including humans, feral cats, red foxes, dingoes, owls and eagles. First of all humans have been threats to the Greater Stick Nest Rat ever since the European settling because they scare them. Also the animals I listed above eat the Greater Stick Nest Rat.
Greater Stick Nest Rats are interesting animals that are found on the Franklin Islands. They have multiple structural and behavioural adaptations with many threats that danger them.