The Black-footed Tree-rat is a large native rodent with a body 250 – 310 mm and tail 320 – 410 mm long, and weighing 650 – 880 g. It has distinctive markings: the pelage is grey, with much longer black hairs on its back and rump. The ears are very long and black, and the feet and legs are black. The tail is also black and very long, with the last quarter covered in longer pure white hairs.
The Black-footed Tree-rat is found across northern Australia, and is found in the Top End of the Northern Territory in open woodlands, riverine areas and along the coast. Populations have declined an estimated 30– 50% in the last 10 years. It is listed as endangered Australia wide (and vulnerable on an NT level)
The species can be assisted by conserving and managing Black-footed Tree-rat habitat, particularly keeping landscapes fire and weed free, and planting appropriate fruiting species that are its food source.
The following is a list of some plants favoured by the Black-footed Tree-rat that are commonly found in our woodland landscapes and are tolerant of a water free dry season (once established) . They can be planted in free draining areas to establish habitat or enhance existing vegetation.
Resources about the Black-footed Tree-rat