- eyes are small and beady
- they have a short, stocky build
- tails up to half of their body length
- large canines
- white patches on neck and/or throat
- smooth, black fur
- curved claws and toes
- communicates with loud and agressive grunts
- males are 23.5-30 inches and 15-20 pounds
- females are 20-25 inches and 11-15 pounds
Reason for Endangerment and Critical Information
- a cancer called devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) that only affects Tasmanian devils is spreading
- it's spread through bites
- scientists are studying the disease to see which cancer cells are involved and so they can find a cure
- wildlife officers watch the Tasmanian devils and check them for the disease before releasing them into the wild so they can see where DFTD is infecting
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