Giant White-tailed Rat
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|There are around 370 species of native mammal on the Australian continent and most of them are nocturnal and secretive. Thus, the only way to see many of our mammals is to go spotlighting at night with a powerful torch. |
This is Giant White-tailed Rat (Uromys caudimaculatus), which grows to an impressive 400mm long body size and can weight over half a kilo. Unfortunately the white part of the tail is behind the tree in this shot and I only managed two shots before he scampered off.
Yes, it’s a male, you can tell from the enlarged testicles. They are semi-arboreal, usually alone or in pairs groups foraging through the forest for fruits, seeds, fungi, birds eggs and insects. They are only found in coastal rainforests and moist eucalypt forests north of Townsville along the north east coast of Queensland.
We found this one in the camping ground at Jourama Falls. Not the greatest shot in the world but not too bad considering the small built in flash of my S5000. Post-processing included levels adjustment, some USM. 4/4 60 3.2
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Now there's another good reason not to sleep in the Aussie bush at night.I don't supposse they spit venom?
A great capture,though I don't know if the testes make up for the tail.
- [2005-05-02 4:22]
Belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce gros rongeur. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !
- [2005-05-02 6:14]
This is a very interesting capture. Details are perfect and composition is good. POV & DOF are excellent. Very well done & TFS!
Nice shot, very expresive face. The light could have been better.
If your rats weigh half a kilo I don't think I would wont to be out after dark in Aussie.
Good shot with in the limitations of your equipment.