Fast Fact Attack – Endangered Species 2: The Tiger Quoll


Tiger Quoll Description
The power of the Tiger Quoll’s (Dasyurus maculatus) bite is second only to that of the Tasmanian Devil.  Nocturnal and solitary, they are noted for giving birth to young the size of a grain of rice. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial on the Australian mainland. They have cute little pink noses and are covered in white splodges. 
Habitat
Rainforests and closed eucalyptus forests.
Where
Australia to Tasmania
What do they eat?
Pretty much anything to hand (or should that be paw)  – insects, birds, small mammals, lizards, crayfish; they’re just not fussy. And, occasionally they scavenge for larger animals such as kangaroos and dingoes.
Threats
Man – logging practices that cause habitat fragmentation; persecution and road accidents.
Status: Endangered 
Fast declining in numbers, they are now considered ‘near threatened’.

Tiger Quolls are related to the now extinct Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger). The last known thylacine died in Hobart Zoo on 7th September, 1936

“Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to” – Mark Twain

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