National Geographic : 1963 Sep
Catlike in manner, northern quolls battle over a grasshopper. Satanellus hallucatus,not a feline but a nocturnal, carnivorous marsupial, helps to control rodents and insects. It lives in caves, hollow trees, World's smallest marsupial, a planigale tries to bite the author's thumb. Mr. Fleay is the only man to breed Plani gale ingrami in captivity. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, the voracious midget sometimes rides a jumping grasshopper until the insect falls dead. Three inches of furred fury, the fat-tailed marsupial mouse (Smin thopsis crassicaudata) kills spi ders, centipedes, and lizards, eating more than its weight each night. Rufous rat kangaroo hops to safe ty. Threatened by imported foxes, Aepyprymnus rufescens survives only on the northeast coast.