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Tasmanian fuel reduction program an Australian first

23/03/2015

Tasmanian communities will be safer from the threat of bushfires, with a ground-breaking new $28.5 million program of fuel reduction burns announced today.More

Three Capes Track hut contracts awarded

19/03/2015

Two Tasmanian companies have been awarded contracts worth a total of $6.5 million to construct the huts on the Three Capes Track.More

Temporary access changes for The Nut

18/03/2015

Access to the tracks at the summit of The Nut State Reserve at Stanley will be by the chairlift only, from Monday 23 March to Friday 27 March, 2015, due to safety works being undertaken on the Zig Zag track.

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Swamp Antechinus, Antechinus minimus

The swamp antechinus is a similar weight to its relative, the dusky antechinus, but is distinguished by its slightly shorter snout.The fur is brown in appearance, with lighter shades on the underneath of the animal.

Distribution and habitat

A. m. maritimus, also occurs in the far south eastern coastal margin of mainland Australia, where its habitat is being rapidly destroyed.

Behaviour

The swamp antechinus is most active at dusk, although it does regularly forage during the day. Its diet includes insects, lizards, worms and spiders. The species is solitary.

Breeding

As in the dusky antechinus, copulation occurs during a short season in winter, followed by the die-off of almost all males in the population. During the breeding season, the female develops a shallow, pouch-like fold in the mammary area.

The female gives birth after a four week gestation period. Six young are born (there are six teats in the pouch) and are carried in the pouch for up to eight weeks. Young are then left in a den before becoming independent at about three months.