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Bandicoot marsupials appear to have many of the characteristics desired by people seeking companion animals. They could be made available to the public for keeping as pets in a way that would be of some benefit to nature conservation and to our sense of cultural identity. A properly designed study is needed to explore the appropriateness of keeping bandicoots in Australian households as pets.

Balmford, R., 1993. Miserable as an orphan bandicoot on a burnt ridge. Naturae 3: 1-20.
Beaumont, J., 1988 Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Braithwaite, R. W., 1977. Preliminary observations on the activity patterns of Rattus lutreolus and other Victorian small mammals. Victorian Naturalist 94: 216-219.
Braithwaite, R. W. and Lee, A. K., 1979. A mammalian example of semelparity. American Naturalist 113: 151-155.
Bulmer, R N. H., 1968. The strategies of hunting in New Guinea. Oceania 38: 302-318.
Cockburn, A., 1990. Life history of the bandicoots: developmental rigidity and phenotypic plasticity. Pp 285-292 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Collins, L. R., 1973 Monotremes and Marsupials: A Reference for Zoological Institutions. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
Day, B., Kirkby, R. and Stenhouse, H., 1974. The behaviour of marsupials. III The short-nosed bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus (Peramelidae), in the open field. Australian Mammalogy 1: 255-259.
Friend, G. R., 1990. Breeding and population dynamics of Isoodon macrourus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae): studies from the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia. Pp. 357-365 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Gordon, G., 1971. A study of island populations of the short-nosed bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Gould). Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Gordon, G., 1974. Movements and activity of the short-nosed bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Gould) (Marsupialia). Mammalia 38, 405-431.
Gordon, G. and Hulbert, A. J., 1990. Peramelidae. Pp. 603-624 in Fauna of Australia Mammalia Volume 1B eds D. W. Walton, D. W. and B. J. Richardson. AGPS, Canberra.
Hamilton, A., 1972. Aboriginal man's best friend? Mankind 8: 287-95.
Hulbert, A. J. and Gordon, G., 1972. Water metabolism of the bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus Gould in the wild. Comp. Biochemistry and Physiology 41A: 27-34.
Johnson, J. A. and Southgate, R. I., 1990. Present and former status of bandicoots in the Northern Territory. Pp 85-92 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Kennedy, M., 1992 Australasian Marsupials and Monotremes: An Action Plan for their Conservation. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland.
Lee, A. K. and Cockburn, A., 1985 Evolutionary Ecology of Marsupials. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Lobert, B. and Lee, A. K., 1990. Reproduction and life history of Isoodon obesulus in Victorian heathland. Pp. 311-318 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Lorenz, K., 1954 Man Meets Dog. Methuen, London
Lyne, A. G., 1974. Gestation and birth in the marsupial Isoodon macrourus. Australian Journal of Zoology 22: 303-309.
Lyne, A. G., 1982. The bandicoots Isoodon macrourus and Perameles nasuta: their maintenance and breeding in captivity. Pp.47-52 in The Management of Australian Animals in Captivity ed D. D. Evans. Zoological Board of Victoria, Melbourne.
Morton, S. R. and Baynes, A., 1980. Small mammal assemblages in arid Australia: a reappraisal. Australian Mammalogy 8: 159-169.
Noske, B., 1997 Beyond Boundaries: Humans and Animals. Black Rose Books: Montreal.
Oakwood, M. and Hopwood, P., 1999. A survey of attributes and requirements of quolls that may effect their suitability as household pets. Australian Zoologist 31: 365-75.
Padykula, H. A. and Taylor, J. M., 1977. Uniqueness of the bandicoot chorio-allantoic placenta (Marsupialia: Peramelidae). Cytological and evolutionary implications. Pp.303-323 in Reproduction and Evolution eds J. H. Calaby and C. H. Tyndale Biscoe. Academy of Science, Canberra.
Russell, E. M. and Pearce, G. A., 1971. Exploration of novel objects by marsupials. Behaviour 40: 312-322.
Seebeck, J. H., 1979. Status of the barred bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, in Victoria: with a note on the husbandry of a captive colony. Aust. Wildl. Res. 6:255-64.
Seebeck, J. H., Brown, P. R., Wallis, R. L., and Kemper, C. M., 1990 Bandicoots and Bilbies. Surrey Beatty, Chipping Norton, NSW
Serpell, J., 1996 In the Company of Animals. Canto Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Stodart, E., 1966. Management and behaviour of breeding groups of the marsupial Perameles nasuta Geoffroy in captivity. Australian Journal of Zoology 14: 611-623.
White, S., 1997 Caring for Australian Wildlife. Australian Geographic, Terrey Hills, NSW.
Williams, R., 1990. Bandicoots. Pp 75-81 in Care and Handling of Australian Native Animals. ed. S. J. Hand. Surrey Beatty & Sons and RZS of NSW, Chipping Norton and Sydney.
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Balmford, R., 1993. Miserable as an orphan bandicoot on a burnt ridge. Naturae 3: 1-20.
Beaumont, J., 1988 Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Braithwaite, R. W., 1977. Preliminary observations on the activity patterns of Rattus lutreolus and other Victorian small mammals. Victorian Naturalist 94: 216-219.
Braithwaite, R. W. and Lee, A. K., 1979. A mammalian example of semelparity. American Naturalist 113: 151-155.
Bulmer, R N. H., 1968. The strategies of hunting in New Guinea. Oceania 38: 302-318.
Cockburn, A., 1990. Life history of the bandicoots: developmental rigidity and phenotypic plasticity. Pp 285-292 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Collins, L. R., 1973 Monotremes and Marsupials: A Reference for Zoological Institutions. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
Day, B., Kirkby, R. and Stenhouse, H., 1974. The behaviour of marsupials. III The short-nosed bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus (Peramelidae), in the open field. Australian Mammalogy 1: 255-259.
Friend, G. R., 1990. Breeding and population dynamics of Isoodon macrourus (Marsupialia: Peramelidae): studies from the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia. Pp. 357-365 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Gordon, G., 1971. A study of island populations of the short-nosed bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Gould). Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Gordon, G., 1974. Movements and activity of the short-nosed bandicoot Isoodon macrourus (Gould) (Marsupialia). Mammalia 38, 405-431.
Gordon, G. and Hulbert, A. J., 1990. Peramelidae. Pp. 603-624 in Fauna of Australia Mammalia Volume 1B eds D. W. Walton, D. W. and B. J. Richardson. AGPS, Canberra.
Hamilton, A., 1972. Aboriginal man's best friend? Mankind 8: 287-95.
Hulbert, A. J. and Gordon, G., 1972. Water metabolism of the bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus Gould in the wild. Comp. Biochemistry and Physiology 41A: 27-34.
Johnson, J. A. and Southgate, R. I., 1990. Present and former status of bandicoots in the Northern Territory. Pp 85-92 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Kennedy, M., 1992 Australasian Marsupials and Monotremes: An Action Plan for their Conservation. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland.
Lee, A. K. and Cockburn, A., 1985 Evolutionary Ecology of Marsupials. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Lobert, B. and Lee, A. K., 1990. Reproduction and life history of Isoodon obesulus in Victorian heathland. Pp. 311-318 in Bandicoots and Bilbies eds J. H. Seebeck, P. R. Brown, R. L. Wallis and C. M. Kemper. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney.
Lorenz, K., 1954 Man Meets Dog. Methuen, London
Lyne, A. G., 1974. Gestation and birth in the marsupial Isoodon macrourus. Australian Journal of Zoology 22: 303-309.
Lyne, A. G., 1982. The bandicoots Isoodon macrourus and Perameles nasuta: their maintenance and breeding in captivity. Pp.47-52 in The Management of Australian Animals in Captivity ed D. D. Evans. Zoological Board of Victoria, Melbourne.
Morton, S. R. and Baynes, A., 1980. Small mammal assemblages in arid Australia: a reappraisal. Australian Mammalogy 8: 159-169.
Noske, B., 1997 Beyond Boundaries: Humans and Animals. Black Rose Books: Montreal.
Oakwood, M. and Hopwood, P., 1999. A survey of attributes and requirements of quolls that may effect their suitability as household pets. Australian Zoologist 31: 365-75.
Padykula, H. A. and Taylor, J. M., 1977. Uniqueness of the bandicoot chorio-allantoic placenta (Marsupialia: Peramelidae). Cytological and evolutionary implications. Pp.303-323 in Reproduction and Evolution eds J. H. Calaby and C. H. Tyndale Biscoe. Academy of Science, Canberra.
Russell, E. M. and Pearce, G. A., 1971. Exploration of novel objects by marsupials. Behaviour 40: 312-322.
Seebeck, J. H., 1979. Status of the barred bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, in Victoria: with a note on the husbandry of a captive colony. Aust. Wildl. Res. 6:255-64.
Seebeck, J. H., Brown, P. R., Wallis, R. L., and Kemper, C. M., 1990 Bandicoots and Bilbies. Surrey Beatty, Chipping Norton, NSW
Serpell, J., 1996 In the Company of Animals. Canto Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Stodart, E., 1966. Management and behaviour of breeding groups of the marsupial Perameles nasuta Geoffroy in captivity. Australian Journal of Zoology 14: 611-623.
White, S., 1997 Caring for Australian Wildlife. Australian Geographic, Terrey Hills, NSW.
Williams, R., 1990. Bandicoots. Pp 75-81 in Care and Handling of Australian Native Animals. ed. S. J. Hand. Surrey Beatty & Sons and RZS of NSW, Chipping Norton and Sydney.
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