Well, last night, I got a visual of these critters, on our back verandah and its not a bush rat. It's a Northern Brown Bandicoot. Our inside lights attract all the Christmas beetles, this time of year. They were the easiest meal for the bandicoot to eat, as they were on their backs and couldn't fly away. No wonder I don't find a trace of beetles around our verandah in the morning.
They were very quick at eating them, as I could hear, "crunch-crunch-crunch", and then they were onto the next one.
Northern Brown Bandicoot
This photo was not taken from our back verandah, but it looked almost the same. They first drew my attention when I heard something "thud" outside. Then I opened the sheer curtain and spied a huge marsupial. It was almost the size of our cat. It hoped along like a rabbit, from beetle to beetle.
It didn't seem phased by us, although we did stay behind the screen door. Upon reading about it further, apparently its short sighted, which would explain why it didn't run a mile away when we spoke.
There is still a mystery to be solved, however, considering these guys don't dig burrows. Their nests are generally above ground, or in hollow logs or disused rabbit burrows. They do however, dig up lawns for beetle larvae and earthworms. Which would explain why I don't find many earthworms in my cultivated areas - but plenty of snout-sized holes!
With the mystery of the underground burrows, perhaps I still have bush rats, after all?