- Created: Thursday, 30 August 2007 00:00
- Written by Nadia O'Carroll
The term bandicoot is actually derived from an Indian word meaning pig-rat. However bandicoots are not rodents, they are a family of marsupials found in Australia, New Guinea and some islands. There are 9 species of bandicoot in Australia, they are closely related to the bilby which is sometimes called the rabbit eared bandicoot.