Photo: C & D Frith
Australia's Wet Tropics
|Yellow-footed Antechinus: Antechinus
- A carnivorous marsupial
- Have a specific change in fur colour from the slate-grey head to the warm rufous
rump, belly, feet and sides
- Prominent light eye rings
- Tail is tipped black.
- This animal moves very quickly, making it difficult to clearly observe. It is
able to run upside down along branches and rock surfaces with as much speed as it would
have if it was running along the rainforest floor.
- Consists mostly of insects, but can include anything from flowers, nectar, small
birds and house mice.
- Prey is devoured. Victims such as birds and mice, are efficiently turned inside
out and their skin is left for proof of a divine meal.
- Mating takes place once a year. It can take up to twelve hours, with the death of
the males shortly after copulation.
- Can be seen on the pathways at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge.
- Also seen on the perimeter walks of Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine.