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The Marsupial mole Marsupialia, Australidelphia, Notoryctidae
Not least among the cast of oddities is the desert-dwelling marsupial mole. It is so little known that people who’ve lived in the western and central deserts their entire lives may have never seen one. There are two largely similar species. Itjaritjari (the southern marsupial mole) is found in the sandy deserts of the NT, central WA and northern SA. Kakarratul (the northern marsupial mole) is known from the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson deserts of WA. Small enough to fit on the palm of your hand, and with glossy, creamy yellow fur, these animals are ingeniously adapted to desert living.
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