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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Marsupialia
Family:Dasyuridae
Genus:Dasyurus
Genus species:Dasyurus viverrinus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28-45 cm
Weight:.7-2 kg
Identification:The coat of the native cat is either black or fawn with white spots. There are no spots on the tail
Habitat:Dry forests, shrubs, heathlands
Diet:Carnivore: insects, grubs, small mammals, birds
Reproduction:Native cats mate from May to August. Up to 30 young can be born after a gestation period of three weeks. However, only six of the young will survive (number of teats on the female). The young remain in the mother's pouch for 6-8 weeks and are weaned by five months.
Behavior:Males will often have a home range of one square kilometer and have several dens within their territory. Native cats are a nocturnal species.
Status:Endangered: loss of habitat, competition and predation from introduced species

Other Information

Geographic:Tasmania Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Native cat
marsupial
Eastern quoll
Dasyurus
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata