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The eastern quoll is generally about the size of a small domestic cat, with an adult male averaging 60 cm and weighing approximately 1.3 kg. Their thick coat is covered by white spots, and ranges in colour from a light fawn to a near black, with an off-white belly. They can be distinguished from the tiger quoll by their slender build, pointed snout and lack of spots on the tail.
Coastal heath, just south of the penguin rookery on Bruny Island, Tasmania
Two young black quolls, probably siblings, were playing in the grass near the isthmus road. We managed to spotlight this one just bright enough to get some grainy pictures. In Tasmania we call the Eastern Quoll, 'Spotted Quoll', or 'Native cat', and the other quoll, the Tiger quoll, is called 'Spotted-tail quoll'. The Eastern Quoll was once found on the mainland, but is now only found in Tasmania. It's been 50 years since the last confirmed sighting of an eastern quoll on mainland Australia, long enough to classify these marsupials as locally extinct. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/j...
Lat: -43.30, Long: 147.33
Spotted on Nov 5, 2009
Submitted on Sep 5, 2012
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