Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Not a mouse

Over the past couple of days I have noticed one of our furry critters quite active late in the afternoon around the rockery outside the office. I has been scurrying in and out of the holes between the rocks and through the ground-cover plants.

This grainy photo was taken yesterday evening in low light as the Antechinus exited one of the holes.
Antechinus are not mice but a little larger sized marsupial that is carnivorous but will also vary its diet with flower nectar, seeds and other plant material. Normally I see these little characters when I disturb them where they are nesting in a cupboard or draw or box in the shed where they are somewhat of a pest for the mess they make. I am not sure which this one is of the two Antechinus species that we have in the area, either Brown Antechinus Antechinus stuartii or Yellow-footed Antechinus Antechinus flavipes. Antechinus breed only once a year and all the males are so active during mating that they wear themselves out die shortly after mating leaving the females to bring up their young (up to 12).
Today I caught a glance of the Antechinus as it scurried up the trunk of the Grevillea Honeygem and was fortunate to get a shot of it taking a quick sip of nectar before it was down and back into the rocks.

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