Mulgaras are small, carnivorous marsupials that eat insects, spiders and scorpions, small lizards and even other small mammals. Amazingly, mulgaras don't need to drink. They get all the water they need from their food. They can store fat in their tail as a buffer against food shortage, a good strategy in the unpredictable desert.
Scientific name: Dasycercus cristicauda
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Crest-tailed mulgara distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda), also called the ampurta, is a species of carnivorous marsupial from Australia. Also called the crest-tailed marsupial mouse, this animal slightly resembles a placental rat.
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