animals that start with Q: Quokka


The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) looks like a wallaby or a kangaroo. The quokkas have small bodies measuring 40 – 90 cm long and weigh 2.5 to 5 kg. Their tails are 25 to 30 cm tall.

These marsupials have a short but broad head characterized by a dark streak on their forehead. They have a stocky body, naked nose and rounded ears. Their bodies are long and thick, while their furs are usually coarse with brown or gray color.

Quokkas can be found on islands off the coast of Western Australia, especially Rottnest Island off Perth. They usually inhabit shrub lands, dense vegetation and moist conditions.

They are nocturnal animals so that Quokkas are very active at night searching for food. They eat grasses, leaves, shrubs and succulent plants. Their special ability is that they can survive for long periods without drinking water.

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