Wildlife question.

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by CrazyCam, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. CrazyCam

    CrazyCam Guest

    Hi folks.

    Coming back down the Old Road, yesterday, I had an interesting wee
    beastie cross the road in front of me.

    It was furry, a reddish-brown colour, but with circular creamy coloured
    dots all over.

    Size would have been about that of a possum, and fairly similar in shape.

    Any ideas what it was?

    regards,
    CrazyCam
     
    CrazyCam, Aug 8, 2007
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  2. CrazyCam

    bikerbetty Guest

    Sounds like a quoll.... but....:

    Eastern Quoll

    Description
    Male eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) are about the size of a
    small domestic cat averaging 60 cm in length and 1.3 kg in weight;
    females are slightly smaller. They have soft fur that is coloured
    fawn, brown or black. Small white spots cover the body except for the
    bushy tail which may have a white tip. Compared to the related spotted-
    tail quoll, the eastern quoll is slightly built with a pointed
    muzzle.


    Distribution and habitat
    Eastern quolls once occured on mainland Australia, with the last
    sighting occuring in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse in the early 1960s.
    They are now considered extinct on the mainland, although some recent
    sightings in the New England region of northern New South Wales
    suggest that the species may still survive.

    This site has a pic of the beastie - look familiar?
    http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/BHAN-5373YJ?open

    betty
     
    bikerbetty, Aug 8, 2007
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  3. CrazyCam

    CrazyCam Guest

    Betty, thanks for your help.

    It's hard to find these things if you don't have a good starting point.

    I'm pretty certain it was a Spotted-tail Quoll,
    http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/BHAN-5373RD?open

    regards,
    CrazyCam
     
    CrazyCam, Aug 8, 2007
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  4. CrazyCam

    bikerbetty Guest

    If it WAS a quoll, these people would like to hear from you:
    http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/content/quoll_survey

    betty
     
    bikerbetty, Aug 8, 2007
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  5. CrazyCam

    bikerbetty Guest

    Mum, look, that Peeve followed me home..... can we keep it, huh, can
    we?

    betty
     
    bikerbetty, Aug 8, 2007
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  6. CrazyCam

    CrazyCam Guest

    bikerbetty wrote:

    Done.

    Although the location was a bit tricky.

    I had to find the Lat/long using some marine navigation software having
    long ago given up on GPS fitted to motorbike.

    At the time I was really happy to see the wee thing, and thought it was
    cute, but, on reading the notes about a quoll driving off a tassie
    devil, I'm even more impressed.

    regards,
    CrazyCam
     
    CrazyCam, Aug 8, 2007
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  7. CrazyCam

    Nev.. Guest

    http://maps.google.com just zoom in to the place you want, then choose
    the "link to this page" link on the top right, and it will give you a
    html link, part of which is the lat/lon.

    Nev..
    '04 CBR1100XX
     
    Nev.., Aug 9, 2007
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  8. CrazyCam

    bikerbetty Guest

    I don't think they're out there in huge numbers, Cam, so you're pretty
    lucky to have seen one! Not many people get to see them "running free"
    in the wild..... I'm pretty sure I saw what was left of one flattened
    on the road somewhere on one of my many trips, but can't remember
    which one. I think it must've got squished in the middle of an
    altercation with another sort of beastie, cos the two of them were
    kind of "melded" (yuk) in the middle of the road. The spotted fur was
    very distinctive though.

    betty
     
    bikerbetty, Aug 9, 2007
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  9. CrazyCam

    CrazyCam Guest

    By jove, you are right Nev, although the picture isn't clear enough to
    see me, let alone the wee quoll.

    regards,
    CrazyCam
     
    CrazyCam, Aug 9, 2007
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  10. CrazyCam

    Dale Porter Guest

    We have some incredible wildlife in this country. :)

    Cheers,
    Dale.
     
    Dale Porter, Aug 9, 2007
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  11. CrazyCam

    bikerbetty Guest

    But of course..... not to mention that fur mob.....Japanese tourists love
    'em <snigger>

    betty
     
    bikerbetty, Aug 9, 2007
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  12. Spotted-tail quoll. Dasyurus maculatus
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    Cheers

    PeterC [aka MildThing]


    '01 Yamaha FJR1300

    www.dmcsc.org.au
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    Peter Cremasco, Aug 12, 2007
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