Hang on a minute, what is a quoll? Before I came to Australia I had never heard of these strange little creatures but now I know a little more about them, thanks to a leaflet from the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland I am happy to share that knowledge with you all.
Australia has four species of quoll: the spotted-tailed, the northern, eastern and western quoll. The spotted-tailed quoll and the smaller northern quoll are both found in Queensland.
Spotted-tailed quolls are Australia's largest native marsupial carnivore.
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You don't often associate marsupials with being carnivorous - kangaroos and koalas come to mind, possums too all of which are berry or plant eaters. So quolls are quite different.
Spotted quolls can be found in crevasses and gorges, hollow logs and trees. They are usually solitary and very quiet. Therefore their preferred choice of environment is in a rainforest, near creeks or rivers and in Eucalyptus trees. Quolls are good hunters and will feast on anything in the trees or on the ground from reptiles, birds, insects, carrion to rats, gliders, possums, bandicoots and pademelons. They are mostly out at night, so spotting spotted quolls can be quite the challenge. But oh my goodness wouldn't you get a buzz if you spotted one!
Quolls are endangered. Their populations are decreasing, so the Quoll Seekers Network was formed in 2001 and Wildlife Queensland took over its maintenance in 2007.
You can join the Quoll Seekers Network and become an Ambassador for Quolls - talking about them, reporting where you have seen them, informing others about them.