Animal Species:Spotted-tailed Quoll

The Spotted-tailed Quoll is the second largest carnivorous marsupial in Australia after the Tasmanian Devil.

Standard Common Name

Spotted-tailed Quoll

Identification

There are four species of quolls in Australia and all have the characteristic pointed snout, well-developed canines and hairy tail. As their name suggests, the Spotted-tailed Quoll is the only species where the pattern of white spots on the body continues to the tail.

Size range

35 cm - 75 cm

Distribution

The Spotted-tailed Quoll is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Habitat

Spotted-tailed Quolls live in forests and woodlands and heath.

Feeding and Diet

At night, this solitary animal hunts and feeds on a variety of prey including birds, medium-sized mammals and reptiles, which it attacks by biting the back of the skull or neck.

Other behaviours and adaptations

During the day, the Spotted-tailed Quoll shelters in caves, rock crevices or hollow logs.

Conservation Status

The Spotted-tailed Quoll population is seriously threatened throughout mainland Australia and these marsupials are rarely seen in Sydney. The introduction of feral animals such as foxes, cats and dogs, as well as diseases and the destruction of their forest habitats, have greatly reduced their numbers.

Conservation Status (IUCN): ENDANGERED (EN)

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Classification

Species:
maculatus
Genus:
Dasyurus
Family:
Dasyuridae
Order:
Dasyuromorphia
Subclass:
Marsupialia
Class:
Mammalia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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