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Brown Antechinus by YarnHoardingDragon Brown Antechinus by YarnHoardingDragon
The Brown Antechinus ,also known as the Stuart's antechinus and Macleay's marsupial mouse. Is a carnivorous marsupial from the family Dasyuridae. Their size varies from 9.5 cm to 11cm, while their tails are about 10 to 12cm long. They are nocturnal creatures and reside in the trees making them arboreal. Natives to Australia in the Great Dividing Range to Queensland. Antechinuses are a semelparous meaning they only breed once in their lives. Now for the good stuff, during the breeding season around August-September, the male can spend up to 12 hours to make sure for a successful impregnation. To do so, males stop getting vital proteins and suppress their immune systems to be able to accomplish such a feat. After the deed is done the males die from their exhaustion soon after the breeding period. The females can store sperm up for three days in a sperm-storage crypts in the ovary and do not ovulate until the end of the breeding season. They have 4 to 10 teats on each female, which is where the young attach themselves because the females do not posses pouches (unlike most marsupials.) Sadly most female antechinuses die soon after weaning their young. But Antechinus babies can weigh as little as 4 grams and are some of the smallest Australian native animal babies.

More information can found here [link] , and here [link]

Although personally I was rather annoyed by how little information they had. But I must admit I had never heard of these creatures until I was looking for something to make for :iconnationalyarnographic: and found this guy on a list on Cracked:[link]. But I have grown found of them but also annoyed how often I got Agile Antechinus up with Brown Antechinus. But I also found this project rather difficult because I wanted to make it the correct size. I must also admit that I'm not completely happy with it. I feel it looks to rat-like, less shrew like then I wanted. But I still love this little guy, which is 9 cm from nose to bum and his tail is 10 cm long.

I used Bernat's Pipsqueak Yarn for the brown, and left over pink yarn for his ears and feet but use Vanna's Choice in Dusty Rose.
15mm black eyes

Well sorry for the long description hope you enjoy him! Check out :iconnationalyarnographic:!!! It's full of beautiful people with wonder creations!
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the-carolyn-michelle Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read about this fellow on cracked too!! Very cool. I think your creation looks nice!
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YarnHoardingDragon Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^.^ It was the first place I checked for intersting animals :XD: Since I had read it before but I needed a refresher. Thanks you very much :D I still wish it was more shrew like.
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the-carolyn-michelle Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, there sure are some crazy animals out there, huh?
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YarnHoardingDragon Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heck yeah! That is why they are so brilliant to me! But insects take it up a notch with their crazy-ness :XD:
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the-carolyn-michelle Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh, you know it. Praying mantises. UGH. So creepy. And bees.
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YarnHoardingDragon Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed praying mantises >.< Although check out zefrank's video on them [link] . It's rather hilarious. But omg bees are such bizarre creatures but at least they can only sting once, unlike wasps who just want to wreck shit up.
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the-carolyn-michelle Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahhahaha wasps indeed do want to wreck stuff up. My poor husband is soooooo allergic to bees and wasps. It's so bad. He told me once that he though honey would taste sweeter if he knew bees died making honey. :XD: I told him that they blow up after sex...so that is some compensation for how much pain they cause him. :P
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YarnHoardingDragon Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha my boyfriend is the same way. Whenever he sees a bee or wasp he just runs the other way. On many occasions I had to keep myself between them just in case they flew in to attack. Although he is the one that tells me most information on them since he likes to "know his enemy". Although he only recently had honey since he only likes it natural not the chemically enhanced that most people have. He tells me it just taste fake for him.
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oceanelk Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very lovely piece and what an interesting animal. Really a very nice job.
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YarnHoardingDragon Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm still not very please on how he came out. He looks way to much like a rat to me. Not enough shrewness. But Antechinus are very interesting animals and I am glad I got to learn about them through the National Yarnographic contest :D If it wasn't for them I'd probably have never remembered these little insignificant critters.
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