The Quoll – Cute Cousin of the Tasmanian Devil
Monday, 3 May 2010
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The species above is known as the Tiger Quoll because of the markings on his fur, but there the resemblance (if there ever was any) ends. Like many marsupials they are odd animals, at least to those of us on continents where we are surrounded by mammals. They grown up to thirty inches in length and have hairy tails around six inches in length.
The Tiger Quoll’s (above) diet includes birds, rats and mice and although it spends most of its time on the ground it regularly climbs trees. It has a single litter each year and can have as many as six young (one for each nipple). Once the young are born they get to the mother’s pouch and stay there for up to seven weeks – becoming fully independent in eighteen. Although the species is nocturnal it is a sun worshiper and likes to spend the day basking in sunlight.