Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tiger quoll

goal for the week 12.5 hours
work on the guy with the Anubis mask

The tiger quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) is a carnivorous marsupial from southern Australia. It can group up to 4 feet long and is considered an apex predator of it's ecosystem. They are the largest surviving marsupial carnivore on the Australian mainland. Two thirds of their diet consists of mid-sized mammals and they occasionally take down mammals larger then themselves. In addition to being ambitious hunters they have also been know to steal kills from dingos.  They are good climbers and ridged pads on their feet assist them in getting up trees. Tiger quolls are not particularly long lived and tend to make it only 3 or 4 years in captivity. The northern subspecies is quite endangered and may not have enough individuals left for a viable population.

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