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Rakali / Native Water Rat

Scientific Name: Hydromys chrysogaster

Description: Rakali are a widespread species in permanent water systems in Australia and occupy a diverse range of habitat including wetlands, rivers, estuaries and beaches. They are predominately carnivores and feed on aquatic animals including fish, crustaceans, and shellfish. Most often seen along the Barwon Estuary in the early morning or in the evening, Rakali dive to capture prey and return to a favourite feeding place where empty shells from previous catches can often be seen.

Type: Mammal
Where to find: Estuary
Size: 37cm