|Road-killed Tuan on the Strathbogie-Euroa Rd, April 2006.|
A Tuan, or Brush-tailed Phascogale, was seen several nights ago on Ankers Rd, a little south of Creek Junction Rd intersection (Judith D. pers. comm). Given the time of year, the animal is most likely to have been an adult female, as mating occurs in approx May-June, after which all males die. About one-third of females survive to breed in a second year, but none make it to the third year (see Mammals of Victoria, by P. Menkhorst 1995, Oxford Univ. press). They are rat-sized and agile climbers, though mostly seen when on the ground. Their body colour is dark grey and they have a distinctive black, brush-tail and pointy snout. Though fast, they get unlucky crossing roads – drive carefully (photo: David Thomas).