Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.
It’s a day late but here is January’s animal fact….and it’s an Australian one.
Okay, these little guys are awesome. Perhaps not many people know about the antechinus. The antechinus is a tiny little marsupial native to Australia. They are super cute, but take it from me (personal experience) they bite!
The male antechinus only mates once in his life time. During a “mating frenzy” the male can mate for up to 12 hours. Only a couple of weeks later he dies of stress, exhaustion, and a depleted immune system, all brought on by his mating frenzy. Because there is a mating season (around August) there is a massive die off of males all around the same time. Crazy little guys!
This is a bit of a sadistic fact I know, but don’t worry, there will be more animal facts about the antechinus because I think they are great.