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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 6

1. Hydromys chrysogaster. — Golden-bellied Beaver Rat

1. Hydromys chrysogaster.

Golden-bellied Beaver Rat.

All the specimens of this rat procured by me are from Gun-bower Creek and Lake Boga, where this animal re very plentiful. page 4 It is strictly nocturnal, and was often observed after sundown, gambolling upon the shores of that beautiful lake. The Black Snake is a sore enemy to the young progeny of this Hydromys; for I captured a specimen, which, upon being opened, proved to have swallowed a full dozen young Beaver Rats, about the size of new-born kittens.

This Rat is not found on the Lower Darling, at least, I was assured by the natives that they had never seen it.