Antechinus

John Gryphon

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A native carnivorous marsupial that usually shag themselves to death. I hear them in the roof cavity at times and this poor little bloke took pork rind from a trap set for rats.


The Antechinus is one of very few vertebrate animals that practices suicidal reproduction. In winter, virgin males go on a mating frenzy in what will be their only chance to pass genes on to the next generation. During this time the male does not eat, but spends several hours at a time seeking out and mating with as many females in his neighbourhood as possible. Eventually the male will exhaust himself so thoroughly that his immune system will fail and he will eventually die.


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