Sunday, 24 June 2012

Bandicoot ban

So, Nat,
Here are the pictures of the bandicoot trap. It is a cage about a foot wide and 3 feet long.

The checkerplate is a sliding door which is held up by a hook tied to a piece of string that runs through a pulley and is attached to the wooden pivoting false floor.

Bandicoot smells delicious ham bones at the  end of the floor, runs in to suck on those bones, and once past the pivot point, his weight pulls the string which in turn releases the door and voila - he is a banned bandicoot.

Whatever you do, don't try to handle him - he has incredibly strong front paws with digging claws attached. He will rip your arms to shreds. Rather, load the entire contraption into the ute and transport him some considerable distance from your garden. Gold courses tend to be in need of holes.


  1. Are they good eating? I imagine, like koalas,you'd have to stew them for a bit. Mmmmm...smoked sugar-glider Bedes xx

  2. Bedes is a man after my own heart, and beat me to the question.

    If they are cooked right, do they taste any good?

  3. Many thanks for taking the time to publish these pictures Gman and Annette. I think of you often (and your book ALC) now that I've made the tree change. Chook wrangling has become my specialty :-D

    I will consult with my faithful manservant (my delightful landlord Steve) to get one of these going. The garden is a minefield and we do have a rather large golf course.

  4. Bede's, I reckon sugar gliders would be about as time economical as fkn quails. So not worth the scratches and screeching.

    I imagine I'll be only venturing into the bandicoot beef business if the fall of western capitalism means there's nothing on the shelf at IGA.

  5. Natsky.
    Try is elephant beetle grubs (they are found in the compost heap). They are sure to go there.

  6. Oh Annette, Annett. Your pseudo hippy lifestyle has replaced the question of delicious with the economics of time.

    Time economy has nothing to do with it. If it did, no one would ever eat any California native red abalone (which takes more time to obtain and prepare than any other edible item on earth; seriously - you can't buy it, you can only get it by going down into the water to pry it off of rocks yourself, and, by law, you cannot use SCUBA gear to do it; and then it takes enormous effort to prepare it, which entails a huge amount of vigorous pounding with a large mallet; ah, but the resulting taste is worth every single moment it takes to get there).

    All I want to know is whether bandicoot tastes good if cooked right. If it does, then I want to arrange a way to find out for myself.

  7. There would be time, if only I had a duck wrangler.
    Ducks are much easier to catch.
    I pour my time into ducks.
    Mmmmm. Duck.

  8. Okay. Touche. Duck trumps bandercoot.

  9. mm, wood duck, black duck, pink eared duck, hard head duck, teal, chestnut, mmm yum!

    Actually reminds me, I have feeling I owe you some ducks for some reason!

    As for BANDICOOTS....think...LAND MINES!..yeah baby!

  10. Land mines are to FKN KIND to that little bastard who has this season managed to uproot up two entire beds of choice mignionette, red and green, dwarf kale and has dashed my chances of winning ANYFKNTHING at the Noosa show this year!. Prick.

  11. Would like something similar for turkeys. Only once they're in the cage, I would drop it into my dam!