Title

Are backfilled burrows a predator protection strategy for the Spinifex Hopping Mouse?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Royal Society of Western Australia Inc.

Faculty

Business and Law

School

Marketing, Tourism and Leisure

RAS ID

4686

Comments

This article was originally published as: Thompson, G. G., & Thompson, S. A. (2007). Are backfilled burrows a predator protection strategy for the Spinifex Hopping Mouse? Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 90(2), 111-113. Original article available here

Abstract

Backfilled burrows belonging to Notomys alexis (Spinifex Hopping Mouse) were excavated in the Pilbara of Western Australia. The size and shape of one of these burrows is described, and it is postulated that the backfilling of burrows by the occupants is a protection strategy against predators such as large goannas and perhaps large snakes.