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White Tailed Uromys
Photo: C & D Frith    
Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life
Giant white-tailed Uromys (White-tailed Rat): Uromys caudimaculatus
  • It is a placental mammal
  • Grey-brown dorsal surface, cream underside.
  • Paws are pale in colour
  • Long naked tail with a white end.
  • A nocturnal rodent, it is active at night.
  • The Giant white-tailed Uromys is a propagator for macadamia nuts and rainforest truffles. The rainforest truffles are very important for the root growth of many species of rainforest trees. The white-tailed Uromys arrived in Australia from Papua New Guinea approximately three million years ago.
  • One of Australia’s largest rodents, it is restricted to North Queensland and the Cape York Peninsula
  • The rodent nests in trees and caves, and, being an efficient climber, is active on the rainforest canopy as well as on the rainforest floor.


  • Feeds on fruits, seeds, fungi, insects, small reptiles, amphibians, bird eggs as well as bark.

Social Behaviour:

  • Individuals are generally solitary, territorial and reside in an area for a long period of time.

Viewing Opportunities:

  • Food is placed on the railings in front of the lodges at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge each evening for the White-tailed Uromys to feed.
  • Commonly seen on Lake Eacham roadway illuminated by the car headlights.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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