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Scientific Name: 
Setonix brachyurus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Diprotodontia
Family: 
Macropodidae
Genus: 
Setonix
Species: 
brachyurus
Status: 
Vulnerable
Quick Facts

Life Span: 5-7 years in captivity, and 3-5 years in the wild

Size: 40cm, with a 30cm

Weight: Males: 3.6 kg, and Females: 2.9kg

Fun Facts

Own Genus: Quokkas are a genus of their own. It is believed that they and the swamp wallaby are both relics of separate lines of evolution from early browsing macropods.

Survivors: Quokkas are very well adapted. They are able to survive in an environment virtually devoid of freshwater by digging waterholes and feeding on succulent plants.  They are also able to climb low trees.

They have excellent thermoregulation coping with temperatures up to 44 degrees Celsius.

Rottnest Island: The Dutch navigator Williem de Vlamingh arrived on Rottnest in 1696 and described the Quokka as "a kind of rat as big as a common cat". He then named the Island 'Rotte nest' (meaning 'rat's nest') and the name of the Island was eventually adapted to 'Rottnest'.

Quokkas are small macropods that are a genus of their own. About the size of a domestic cat, the Quokka has been classified as vulnerable and is only found in a restricted range in Australia.

 

 

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Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2008