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On the upper and lower sides of their tail kowaris have hair which can be raised like a comb. This accounts for their other name of brush-tailed marsupial rat. These predominantly nocturnal animals live in burrows and are highly social in their behaviour, busily licking each other and carrying out ritualised combat. Imported predators and the spread of grazing land are threatening their survival as a species.
|Classification||Marsupians, order marsupians and relatives, family marsupial carnivores, subfamily quolls|
|Diet||Insects, spiders and smaller vertebrates|
|Reproduction||Gestation time: 30–36 days; 2–6 young; maximum age: 8 years|