Quoll is the aboriginal name for chuditch or also called the tiger cat. It is not a member of the cat family and therefore to call it the tiger cat is not really accurate. It has spots like a leopard and its teeth and claws are not like those of a cat. It is about the size of a small cat, it is shy and agile and the largest predatory marsupial on Australian mainland.
It hunts at night for birds, reptiles, rabbits, and other small mammals. It can even kill wallabies and many farmers have lost their chickens to this clever little hunter. During the day it sleeps in small caves, rock crevices or hollow logs. The females have a shallow pouch, shaped like a small flap.
They have up to 6 young at a time. When the young get to big for the pouch they cling to the mother as she moves about in search for food. They are found along the east coast from Cairns to Tasmania and the southwest of Western Australia. They live up to 4 years in the wild.
The chuditch has declined because it has had to compete for food with the introduction of the fox and the feral cat. Farmers shot them in the hundreds and it was listed as threatened in Western Australia in 1983. Because of large scale fox bating under the conservation and land management (CALM) and the re-introduction of the chuditch their populations are increasing again.
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