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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii, Dasyuridae: Quolls, Antechinuses, Dunnarts etc.) Canberra district, Australia

A short clip of the Dusky Antechinus is a small hyperactive mouse-sized predatory marsupial, usually nocturnal but this species is known to be active in daytime as here. It occurs along the coast and ranges of southeastern Australia from the Qld/NSW border to Southwest Victoria and Tasmania. Antechinus are famous for the fact that males are so vigorous in having sex that they all die! For a time each year the population consists only of pregnant females. Filmed at Tidbinbilla nature reserve near Canberra. Also see the related Yellow-footed Antechinus at



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