Tuesday, 6 May 2014

ABC Wednesday, Q for Quoll















A Quoll photo Wikipedia

Every night, during our stay in Tasmania in December 2012, we took the car and drove around in the surroundings looking for wildlife. One night when we tried to see some of the animals which hunt late in the evening or at night, we suddenly saw this Spotted -tailed Quoll. At that moment we were driving on a very long bridge. The poor Quoll was very frightened for it could only run in front of the car. There was nothing for it but to keep running and running. We drove slowly so we could see that small animal very well.


The Quoll is a predator and hunts birds, small mammals, lizards and insects, but will also scavenge carcasses and it  eats fruit as well.
The Spotted-tail Quoll is the largest and may weigh up to 7 kg.
When a  quoll becomes pregnant, folds of skin of her abdomen develop into a pouch. Baby quolls remain attached to their mother's nipples for between 8 and 10 weeks. By the time they shift to her back, her nipples may be torn and affected.


The bridge over the Arthur River.
With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and thanks to Roger. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with Q.
The Quoll was on this bridge and couldn't escape.

22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Ah, poor little guy!! Great post for the day, Wil!! Hope you have a lovely week!!

eileeninmd said...

What a cute little critter. They are new to me! Great sighting and photos..

Leslie: said...

New creature for me, too. It looks really cute and I sure hope the one you saw didn't get run over. Have a wonderful week, Wil.

Leslie
abcw team

Kay said...

What an interesting animal. I've never heard of a quoll!

ladyfi said...

How sweet. This is a new animal for me.

Roger Owen Green said...

Cute. And a good SCRABBLE word!

photowannabe said...

This is a new creature for me. Poor little guy running, running, running.
Great story though.

Lisa said...

I've never heard of this animal. Very interesting indeed!

Jane Hards Photography said...

That's a completely new animal to me, and a cute one.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Didn't know there WAS such a thing as a Quoll. Great "Q".

Indrani said...

Quoll is new to me.
I haven't seen them in zoos here. Glad to learn something new.

AmitAag said...

Very interesting indeed!
http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/05/quench.html

magiceye said...

Wow that is amazing! Had never heard of a Quoll!

Tanya Breese said...

i've not heard of a quoll, he's cute!

SamuraiFrog said...

I've never heard of these. What a fascinating little guy.

Ann said...

Quoll is a new one for me too--he's quite cute.
ann

Black Jack's Carol said...

That's a fascinating (if a little bit sad) post about the Quoll, a brand new animal for me. You did really well to get that capture. I love that you spent a good portion of your time in Tasmania trying to see the wildlife! People after my own heart :)

Chubskulit Rose said...

This is my first time seeing a quoll. Q is for...

Trubes said...

Wow! what a cute little creature and so kind to drive so slowly so as not to harm the little critter, I wonder if it is related to the Tasmanian devil?
I have come across the word Quoll in one of my many Scrabble games but can honestly say I can't remember the definition, now I will!
Di.x

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

People have not given this quoll justice, I have not heard OF IT.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I learned something new and wonderful today -- have never heard of this interesting animal. I love that you went out driving each evening -- that's the best time of the day to see a lot of wildlife, but I would need somebody younger to drive, because I hate driving at that time. (I guess that's what you had since I think you were visiting your daughter there!)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

PS: Quoll would make a great Scrabble word. I hope I get to use it someday!