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Agile Antechinus

Agile Antechinus Range Map (Australia)
Agile Antechinus Range Map (Australia)

Latin Name Antechinus agilis
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Australia
Colour Greyish/Brown
Length 8 - 14 cm (3.1 - 5.5 inches)
Tail 9 cms (3.5 inches)
Weight -
Life Expectancy -

Main Characteristics

Agile Antechinus are small, carnivorous marsupials. They are ave a body length between 8 and 14 cms (3.1 - 5.5 inches) and a tail length of 9 cms (3.5 inches). They are grey/brown in colour with a pale coloured underside and their tail is hairy and slender.


Agile Antechinus can be found in the moist forests of south east Australia.


Agile Antechinus mainly feed on invertebrates, but they will also eat small lizards and berries.


Agile Antechinus, like all species of antechinus, have a short and violent breeding season, at the end of which, all the males die.

After a 1 month gestation period, females give birth to 6 - 8 young. They do not have a pouch, so all of the youngsters are attached to a nipple and when the female moves, she drags them along the ground. When the youngsters reach 5 weeks old, they are left in a nest while the mother feeds.


Predators of the Agile Antechinus include cats and red foxes.

Interesting Facts

Agile Antechinus have been known to enter torpor when food is scarce.

Similar Animals

Brown Antechinus

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