Animal Species:Brown Antechinus
The Brown Antechinus is a small native carnivorous marsupial sometimes confused with the introduced House Mouse.
The Brown Antechinus can be distinguished by the following characteristics:
- Front teeth Four pairs of small sharp incisors.
- Head Long pointed head with bulging eyes.
- Ears Large thin crinkly ears, with a notch in the margin.
- Colouring Greyish brown above, paler below.
- Tail Sparsely haired tail, same length as body or shorter, at 65 mm - 110 mm long.
- Body weight 17-71 g.
Body: 70 mm - 140 mm
Sometimes mistaken for House Mouse.
There are two subspecies of Brown Antechinus: the northern and the southern. The northern subspecies is found in northern coastal Queensland, while the southern subspecies is found from southern Queensland through to southern New South Wales.
The Brown Antechinus prefers forest habitats, sheltering in spherical nests in hollow log or crevice. They are sometimes found in furniture in bush areas or farms but are not found often in urban areas.
Ondine Evans , Web Researcher/Editor