Common Name: Eastern Quoll
Scientific Name: Dasyurus viverrinus

DESCRIPTION
Category: Marsupial
Physical Description: 60 centimeters in length, 1.3 kilograms; soft brown or brown fur; small white spots
external image article_at_wildlife_quoll.jpgEating Habits: It eats small mammals (rabbits, mice, and rats). Occasionally, the Eastern Quoll scavenges for small pieces of food. Its main diet consists of small invertebrates.
Breeding: They breed in early winter. The females have a gestation of 20 to 24 days. Up to 30 babies can be born, but only 6 to 8 will live. The young are weaned in five months.

HABITAT
The Eastern Quoll is mostly found in Australia and Tasmania. They were last seen in Sydney, Australia in the 1960s and have now become extinct on the Australian mainland, but are still living in Tasmania. They live in wet forests, where rainfall is more than 600 mL per year. Their homes consist of dens made inside of hollow logs, rock caves, etc. While they dwell mainly on the ground, they are capable of climbing. The Eastern Quoll is nocturnal. Their main predators are feral cats, dogs, and foxes. The Tasmanian Devil is the quoll's main food competitor.

PROBLEMS
This marsupial has become extinct because forests have been removed, decreasing available habitats. Also, an increase in feral cats, dogs, and foxes have caused a decline in population. These animals are also commonly hit by motor vehicles, poisoned or trapped by farmers. Farmers would like to eliminate the Quoll, because it has been known to attack farm animals, such as chickens.

SOLUTIONS
This species under heavy protection in Tasmania with the help of the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania. There are protection zones for potential den sites. The population of foxes and cats respectively have been decreased. Fire-burning and grazing practices have been altered to maintain suitable habitats and to prevent degradation of current ones.


REFERENCES
Native Plants & Animals
http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/BHAN-5373YJ?open
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water, and Envrionment

Animal Diversity Web
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu
/site/accounts/information/Dasyurus_viverrinus.html
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Threatened Species Information
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resou
rces/nature/tsprofileEasternQuoll.pdf
National Parks & Wildlife Service (Australia)