Swamp Antechinus

Some populations of Swamp Antechinus resident in the Otway's are known to have become extinct after the 1983 Ash Wednesday wildfire event. View more.


About the listing

Habitat:

Swamp Antechinus live in areas of woodland, wet heath and coastal grassland areas. They are small carnivorous marsupials and eat spiders, cockroaches and other insects. 

Facts:

  • They are known to build their nests inside armchairs, handbags, clothes drawers and old box-like television sets.
  • Males live for exactly eleven-and-a-half months before dying. 
  • All males die roughly 2 weeks after mating due to stress induced immune system breakdown.
  • The female develops a shallow, pouch-like fold in the mammary area during the breading season.
  • They measure up to 25cm, from its nose to the tip of its tail.
  • To report injured wildlife call  03 8400 7300.

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Swamp Antechinus

Swamp Antechinus, wildlife, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia