Also known as the brush-tailed marsupial rat, the Kowari weighs about as much as your average cupcake.
Also known as the brush-tailed marsupial rat, the Kowari weighs about as much as your average cupcake. However, you won’t catch this marsupial snacking on anything sweet. Its favourite meals include insects, spiders, small lizards and even birds and rodents. Life in the deserts of Central Australia is tough, but the Kowari is well adapted for life in dry conditions. In fact, it doesn’t even need to drink, since it gets all the moisture it needs from its food. When the temperature drops, the Kowari puts itself in a torpid state – a form of hibernation that allows it to preserve energy. By day, the brush-tailed marsupial rat sleeps in a burrow. By night, the creature stalks its prey and uses a fatal neck bite to kill larger animals.