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About Quokka

The Quokka was one of the first marsupials spotted by Europeans when they first visited the western coast of Australia in the late 1600s. Because the Quokka looks like a rat, it was at first believed to actually be a rat. Its main breeding area was named Rottnest Island by a Dutch exlporer named Willem De Vlamingh. In Dutch, this name means rat’s nest. They look somewhat like rats with their long faces and almost bare tails. They are much larger than rats, however.

The Quokkas are very social animals. They are nocturnal. During the daytime they sleep in family groups in burrows. At night, they will gather at watering holes in even larger groups.

They live in grassy areas. They will make little pathways and trails to follow through the long grass.