Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)
see video at vimeo.com/437298967
The Eastern Quoll is a predatory marsupial the size of a small domestic cat. Historically they occurred in southeastern Australia and Tasmania. Predation by introduced predators, especially foxes, is likely to have played a large part in their functional disappearance on the Australian mainland by the 1970's. They remain present in the wild in (fox free) Tasmania. There are two colour morphs of this species, fawn and black, this one is obviously a black one. The animal you see here is one of a breeding population reintroduced into Mulligan's Flat NR near Canberra. The area is fenced and managed to keep introduced predators out. Typically active at night, here we see one looking for food on a winter's afternoon. I have never before seen one of this population behave like this during the day. It is likely to be looking for frogs, insects, small lizards etc. that would be abundant in its habitat.