One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fluffy-haired gregarious Australian rat which builds nests of interwoven sticks.
Genus Leporillus, family Muridae: two species, in particular L. conditor
- ‘Scientists use the old nests or middens of stick-nest rats to find out about the climate and types of plants that have grown in the region over the past 10,000 years.’
- ‘Other rodents, such as dassie rats, stick-nest rats, and hyraxes create middens in other arid parts of the world, such as Africa, Australia and the Middle East.’
- ‘Unfortunately the greater stick-nest rat no longer exists on the mainland of Australia.’
- ‘As you look closer you can see footprints in the red dunes of hopping mice, Bolam's mice, plains mice, stick-nest rats, bilbies, burrowing bettongs and more.’
- ‘Zoos intending to keep greater stick-nest rats should do so in close cooperation with one of the existing holdings and benefit from their experience in keeping and breeding the species.’
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