Bandicoots are more tolerant to 1080 poison than are most other mammals in eastern Australia.
LD50S obtained for Isoodon obesulus, Perameles nasuta and P. gunni ranged from c. 5.4 to 7.7 mg kg-‘. Signs of poisoning observed were typical of those for insectivores and carnivores and first appeared at from 2 h to over 7 days after administration ofthe 1080. Deaths occurred from 4 h to almost 9 days after dosing. To obtain a median lethal dose of L D50 individuals of each species of bandicoot tested would have to eat more 1080 than all the common target pests except the pig. Theoretically, they are capable ofdoing this if the baits are poisoned carrots or pellets intended for herbivore pests or meat baits intended for pigs. Only meat baits intended for dingoes do not appear to pose a serious hazard.
|Author||McIlroy, J. C.|
|Secondary title||Australian Wildlife Research|
|Control method||1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)|
|Region||Australia - national|