"The Quokka" Top 5 Page for this destination Rottnest Island Tip by keeweechic

Rottnest Island, Perth: 11 reviews and 28 photos

 
 

The Quokka was first discovered by a Dutch man in1658 who wrote that it resembled an Asian civet cat, but with brown hair.Later in In 1696 someone else described the quokka as "a kind of rat as big as a common cat" and thus the island was named "Rotte nest" (meaning "rat's nest").

The Quokka is a marsupial about the size of a hare or domestic cat. They are less active during the day and use shrubs for shelter. They give birth after a gestation period of 27 days, in late summer, and the young quokka remains in the pouch until August or September and is then suckled for a further two months. The quokka takes about one and a half to two years to reach maturity.

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2005
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