Tiger-Quoll.JPG (37819 bytes)Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus): is also known as the Tiger Quoll or Tiger Cat and is a carnivorous marsupial*. The total length of adults (from tip of nose to anus) varies between 350 to 750 millimetres. The tail length is 350-550 millimetres. Legs are short, fur is thick and coarse, dark brown above with bold white spots on body, legs and tail. Under parts are pale, yellowish grey.
Tiger Quolls have a vocabulary that ranges from deep hissing to startling screeches. The species was widespread but is now sparsely distributed, on the Australian mainland, from central Queensland to southwest Victoria. Fortunately Tiger Quolls are common in Tasmania. There is also an isolated population in northern Queensland.
Tiger Quolls are solitary, mostly nocturnal and will sometimes climb trees. Their dens are in hollow logs, tree hollows, and rock crevices and sometimes under buildings. Their natural diet consists of small mammals, birds and large arthropods** feature in. Noisy mating occurs between April and August.
The Tiger Quoll in the photograph lives in New England National Park, east of Armidale. The Park supports a healthy Tiger Quoll population. Because there is accommodation, in the Park, the Tiger Quolls have become used to visitors and will scavenge in their rubbish. The illustrated Quoll came to visit whilst we were sitting around a campfire. It was cautious but not frightened of human intruders.
We lived and worked in New England National Park many years ago. Tiger Quolls lived under our house and we had first hand experience of their loud, unearthly screeching during the mating season.

*Marsupial: a mammal whose young are born at a very early development stage. The young attach permanently to a teat (with or without a protective pouch) until almost weaned.

**Arthropods: animals with segmented bodies, external skeletons and many, jointed legs, includes insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and crustaceans.

Much of this information was gleaned from: A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia by Peter Menkhorst & Frank Knight. Published by Oxford University Press.