Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Eastern Quolls

Eastern Quolls are small, nocturnal marsupial predators - think cats with pouches!  These animals were once widespread in SE Australia, but are now probably extinct on the mainland. However, they are reasonably common (in the right habitat) in Tasmania - and I was really pleased to get some (very grainy) footage of one during January.

Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) have a total length - head, body and tail of about 40 - 70 cm and they weigh between 0.7 and 2kg.  And yes, they do have really good flank spots!

Most of their diet comprises invertebrates, but they will also take carrion.  Basically they will eat pretty much anything they find!  The logs in the video had some strange looking scats on them - and I hoped that they were from quolls.  I scavenged a few large months that had had a bad experience with electric lights (!) and a few bits of what I think were the remains of a rabbit, and left them on the log and stump.  It seemed to work!






The second of the two videos is the better one!

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

12 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have never heard of this fascinating animal! Wow thank you. (Must add that 'quoll' seems like a good word for a Scrabble player to know, so thanks for that too!)

Rhodesia said...

Interesting animal, quite cat-like, though smaller ears and a longer nose. Great shots. Cheers Diane

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
OOOHHH.. I only ever saw them at Taronga - to capture wild footage, well that's extra special!!! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

Amazing video! Rare opportunity for sure!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Never heard of these critters until reading your blog. Very cool!!

Jim said...

They certainly are a curious animal.

Lady Fi said...

Very cool!

Margaret Adamson said...

never heard of these animals and wel aptured on video

carol l mckenna said...

Unique to me also ~ great photos!

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Missy George said...

I never heard of those curious little animals..Good videos..thanks for sharing..

TheChieftess said...

Interesting animal!

Beth said...

Fascinating Stewart! Certainly no one I'd ever see in my backyard! Speaking of which - my trail camera photos will be posted this weekend.