Today we read an article that was published in The Age newspaper over the holidays. Here is a link to the story http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/141-years-on-rarest-of-creatures-enters-the-frame-20131002-2usxv.html
Before we read the article we predicted what we thought it would be about. The words “rarest of creatures” made us think it was going to be something that is not seen very often, an animal that is endangered or rare or even a dinosaur! The words “141 years on” made us think the animal hadn’t been seen for 141 years, which meant it probably wasn’t going to be a dinosaur.
The article was about a photo taken in the Grampians that showed a Tiger Quoll. We learnt that Tiger Quolls haven’t been seen in that area for 141 years and were thought not to live there anymore. After reading the article we had lots of questions about Tiger Quolls so we did some research. Here are our questions and answers.
- What do they eat? They eat small animals such as birds, worms, insects, rabbits, brush tailed possums, reptiles and even small wallabies.
- Where do they live? They live in the euculypt forests, rainforests and tree hollows, caves, small crevices, rock crevices, open woodlands, shrubbery, burrows. They were common throughout South Eastern Australia and Tasmania but are now rare.
- How big do they get? They can grow to 130cm in length, that includes the tail.
- How do they breed? When they are two years old they can mate. They mate in mid June and the babies are born in early July.
- How long do they live for? They live for 5-8 years.
- How do they sleep? They sleep curled up in a ball, a bit like dogs do.
- Are they nocturnal? Yes.
- How many are left in the wild? Estimated to be 20,000.
- Can they swim? Yes.
- Are they very vicious? Yes, especially if you are a small animal and it is hunting you!
- Would they attack humans? No, they try to avoid them.
- Do they mark their territory? Yes, using urine.
- Do they hunt in packs? They are solitary animals so probably they don’t hunt in packs.
- How sharp are their claws? We’re not sure about this but we did find out they have sharp teeth!
- Are the males ones with spots? No, males and females have spots.
Can you add some more information about Tiger Quolls?
Do you think a Tiger Quoll would make a good pet?