Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have found a new marsupial species in Australia that sets itself apart with its adorable pink nose and very active sex life.
The black-tailed antechinus is a carnivore, has a long black tail, five-toed fur, a yellow orange rump and fur around the eyes.
“When we caught the first black-tailed antechinus in a trap, we knew we were onto something pretty special,” said Andrew Baker, a mammologist who discovered another type of antechinus, the dusty antechinus, and was able to tell the two apart as two different species.
Researchers also found that these adorable rat looking critters have a kinky side. Both male and females are very promiscuous, mating for as long as 14 hours straight with multiple partners.
Unfortunately, all that fun comes with a price and most males die due to an immune system collapse after spending so much energy on mating. The process is called “suicidal reproduction” and the females barely escape it. After accumulating all sperm collected during the mating season, fertilizing eggs by multiple males at once, the sex addicted ladies mostly die after giving birth to their first litter. What a way to go…
Researchers plan on adding the lusty marsupials to the endangered species list.
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