Swamp Antechinus

Some populations of Swamp Antechinus resident in the Otway's are known to have become extinct after the 1983 Ash Wednesday wildfire event. View more.

About the listing


Swamp Antechinus live in areas of woodland, wet heath and coastal grassland areas. They are small carnivorous marsupials and eat spiders, cockroaches and other insects. 


  • They are known to build their nests inside armchairs, handbags, clothes drawers and old box-like television sets.
  • Males live for exactly eleven-and-a-half months before dying. 
  • All males die roughly 2 weeks after mating due to stress induced immune system breakdown.
  • The female develops a shallow, pouch-like fold in the mammary area during the breading season.
  • They measure up to 25cm, from its nose to the tip of its tail.
  • To report injured wildlife call  03 8400 7300.


Swamp Antechinus

Swamp Antechinus, wildlife, 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia