Today I want to write about an amazing Australian marsupial, the yellow-footed antechinus
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little marsupials look a lot like rats. They grow up to 11 cm long and have a long tail as well.
- Despite their cute looks, they are predators who hunt during the day. They eat invertebrates, eggs, nectar and small lizards.
- Like other members of their family, yellow-footed antechinus have very strange breeding habits. The males don’t eat during the breeding season and use up so much energy finding a mate that they die within two weeks of mating, which means that males live for less than a year.
- The females give birth to up to 12 babies and they are raised in a pouch.
- Yellow-footed antechinus are the most widespread member of their family and can be found in a range of habitats from Queensland to South Australia and in an isolated population in Western Australia.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about yellow-footed antechinus?