Spotted-tailed Quoll

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The Spotted-tailed Quoll (North Queensland subspecies) is a large carnivorous marsupial with reddish-brown fur and distinctive white spots of various sizes over its back and tail. Similar in size to a cat but with a more elongated body and shorter legs, individuals can grow up to 76 cm long and males can weigh up to 7 kg (Cronin 1991; Qld DERM 2006; Strahan 1998). The head of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (North Queensland subspecies) has a distinctive pink-red nose and short, rounded ears that just extend above the outline of the head, and a wide gape on opening its mouth.


The subspecies is mostly confined to the relatively cool, wet and climatically equable upland closed-forests (mostly above 900 m altitude) that occur in the upper catchments of rivers draining east and west of the Eastern Escarpment in the Wet Tropics bioregion of north-eastern Queensland (Burnett 2001, cited in Long & Nelson 2010a). Maxwell and colleagues (1996) also suggest the species occurs in lower altitude notophyll, mesophyll and wet sclerophyll forests in lesser numbers. Vegetation types typical of this habitat are simple and complex notophyll vine forest, simple microphyll vine-fern forest and simple microphyll vine-fern thicket (Long & Nelson 2010a).


Potential habitat of the Spotted-tailed Quoll

Potential habitat of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Qld Government)

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