>Brian, that's an exciting sighting. I saw my first Tiger Quoll a couple of
>weeks ago and it too looked very dark in the headlights - I thought it was
>large possum until I saw the spots on the tail. 30cm for each of body and
>tail is pretty small for a Tiger Quoll though (a large male is up around
>the 70 cm body and 50 cm tail mark) but I guess a young one might clock in
>at that kind of measurement - last year's young were probably born June -
>August and so would not be fully mature at the moment.
>The lack of bushy tail rules out Phascogale. Other possibilities that
>be considered might be Eastern Quoll (!) - though they haven't been
>definitely seen on the mainland for 15 years or so I guess - though
>sightings are claimed now and again, and that is more like the size you
>described - in which case it is very exciting. Both Quolls ahve a pretty
>distinctinve undulating gait which I would have thought you would have
>noticed if you had seen it run. You didn't notice any spots? Particularly
>on the tail?
>If it wasn't a Quoll then I guess it could perhaps have been a grounded
>Sugar, Squirrel or even Greater Glider too ..... though I imagine they
>have a pretty distinctive movement style if on the ground.
>Just thinking aloud really - don't know if that helps you make up your mind
>From: Brian Fleming <>
>To: <>; John Steer
>Date: 18 March 2001 20:53
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Quoll Sighting? Blue Range Vic.
>>Early Sunday morning (3 am) 18/3 while driving along Quartz Creek Rd
>>between Marysville and Thornton I "put up" what must have been a Quoll.
>>Long, slender, black animal, short legs, tail long and furred but not
>>bushy, ears not furred as they appeared pink in the headlights. It ran
>>along the road ahead of me but was too far off for me to comment on its
>>running action, except that it was NOT a cat. Proportions were ferret
>>rather than possum, and body and tail each might have been about 30 cm
>>long. Would someone please pass this on to the Vic. DNRE fauna atlas.
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