Are backfilled burrows a predator protection strategy for the Spinifex Hopping Mouse?
Royal Society of Western Australia Inc.
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
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.