Thylacines

by Charlotte D 3A

Thylacines

Thylacines are carnivorous Australian marsupials. The scientific name for a Thylacine is Thylacinus cynocephalus.

The Thylacine used to exist only in Tasmania but then early Europeans thought they saw one on the mainland.

Thylacines were easily seen in open places. The only predators of thylacines were humans. It was because of humans that they became extinct.

Thylacines had canine teeth to kill their prey such as wallabies, kangaroos, small mammals and birds. Thylacines had a face exactly like a dog. They had a small pouch to carry their young in, dark stripes on its back and tail, big sharp claws and teeth.

Thylacines are thought to be extinct since the last known thylacine died in a zoo in Tasmania in the 1930’s but they were the largest native Australian predator.