The Quokka is a small wallaby about the size of a domestic cat. Grey-brown above. Fur is long and coarse. Very short ears.
Short-tailed Wallaby, Short-tailed Pademelon
Head and body length 50cm - 54cm. Tail length 26cm - 30cm.
Densely vegetated wet forest on mainland. Rottnest Island habitat has low sparse vegetation and seasonally dry.
shrubs, grasses, succulent plants and leaves. It can survive for long periods without drinking water, and has been observed drinking salt water.
Single young is carried in pouch for about 6 months and are fully weaned by 9-10 months.
Found in wetter parts of south west West Australia. Common on Rottnest Island.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".