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893054.  Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:56 pm Reply with quote

"Shagged out" in the true meaning of the term applies to this marsupial from Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. After an orgy lasting 12 hours on the job, the males exhausted, die off. What a way to go!

"The male can spend up to 12 hours mating to ensure breeding success. To accomplish this the males strip their body of vital proteins and also suppress the immune system so as to free up additional metabolic energy. In this way an individual male trades away long-term survival in return for short-term breeding success, and following the breeding season there is a complete die-off of physiologically exhausted males."

902140.  Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:25 pm Reply with quote

I saw a Yellow-footed Antechinus at Lake Eacham once (about an hour from home). They look like a rat with a cone-shaped head!

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902314.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:24 am Reply with quote

redundancy alert - Tasmania is part of Australia

902416.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:05 pm Reply with quote

It is of course, although this does bring a question to my mind.

Does the large island which forms the main part of Australia have a name of its own? I know that NZers have been known to refer facetiously to "West Island", but what word would an Aussie use if he needed to make clear that he was referring only to the main island and not to Tasmania or the other smaller islands?

902433.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:14 pm Reply with quote

Mainland Australia?

902435.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:20 pm Reply with quote

... or, just the mainland, if the country being referred to is clear.

908705.  Fri May 11, 2012 7:00 pm Reply with quote

The use of Tasmania as distinct from the mainland is often used to describe the distinct flora and fauna of the island (eg Tasmanian Devil rather than Australian Devil)


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