We’ve talked about a lot of unusual animals here at Light Future Art, and a lot of Australian animals, too. Click here to read about emus, and here to read about koalas. Today, we’re going to take a look at another Australian animal: the quoll.
1. Baby quolls are called pups. Pups live in their mother’s pouch for the first nine weeks of their lives and remain in the den for five months.
2. Quoll mating season is in winter, and is the only time when these animals aren’t solitary. Unfortunately for the quolls, mating can sometimes be dangerous and fatal, and it isn’t uncommon for male quolls in particular to die during the season from exhaustion. Females are a little stronger.
3. Of the six known species of quolls, four are living and two are extinct. The live in Australia and New Guinea. Evidence suggests that the six species shared a common ancestor which diverged only four million years ago.
4. Though quolls are marsupials, most species only develop pouches when they are needed, not as a permanent body part. The only exception to this rule is the Easter quoll.
5. Quolls are primarily ground dwellers, but over time many species have adapted to be able to spend part of their time in the trees. The habitat of all species of quolls are near the coast and they all prefer wetter, more tropical environments.
6. The name quoll is derived from the original Aboriginal name for these animals. The Europeans first commonly referred to them as “tiger cats” or “native cats”. Despite their similarities, quolls and cats are not closely related.
7. Quolls are primarily carnivores. Their preferred diets consist of small birds and reptiles, and even sometimes insects. Some of the larger species of quolls also hunt other mammals. Quolls are nocturnal, but from time to time it has been seen that they will search for food in daylight. All the water a quoll needs to live, they get from their food.
8. The spotted-tail quoll, also known as the tiger quoll, is the largest native predator in Australia. This particular species of quoll can grow to be over a yard in length from tip of nose to end of tail.
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