Tasmanian Devil

Rexhina Picari 9th period 5-9-16

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Habitat

Tasmanian devils are now only found in the island of Tasmania, only around 150 miles away from Australia, (Tasmania, Monkeyshines). They are found to live in jagged, rocky areas inside of their dens or tunnels, (Tasmanian Devil, 1). The Roaring Forties, wind belt, often causes fierce winds and deep rains in both south and west areas . But overall the weather is very calm. Tasmania also contains many more mountains than Australia, (Tasmania, Monkeyshines). Tasmanian devil like to live alone, (Tasmanian Devil, 2).

Movment

Tasmanian Devils get around on four short legs. Each leg has four toes, (Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae). However their hind legs are bigger than the front legs, (Tasmanian Devil, 2). The Tasmanian Devil does not run or walk very fast. But they do give off a loud shrill and growling if they think the are in danger or are just having brawl over their next meal, (Tasmanian Devil, 2).
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Body Covering

Tasmanian Devils are vertebrates that have a coat of thick black hair, occasionally brown. Along with their dark fur they have white sections of fur on their chest, backside, and shoulder. Their back legs tend to be bigger than their front legs. They have little peeked ears That change to a shade of red when its angry. Inside of their mouths they contain sharp, frighting teeth for shredding and ripping meat. Males are usually around 2 feet long and weigh around 15 to 30 pounds, while females are 21 to 23 inches and weigh from 10 to 20 pounds.(Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae)
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Diet

Tasmanian Devils are carnivores. They eat meat, (Tasmanian Devil, 2). They are scavengers because they will eat deceased body remaining, (Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae). But will also hunt for their food. They will eat birds, reptiles, rodents, wallabies, wombats, sheep, and rabbits. They mostly like eating vertebrates but sometime will eat invertebrates and plants, (Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae).

Reproduction

Tasmanian Devil females give live birth by sexual reproduction. They will mate during March and February. They carry their babies in their stomach for a month, (Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae). It raises up to four babies in their pouch. They have these pouches because they are marsupials. They keep the babies in their pouches for about 15 weeks. The babies drink the mothers milk until they are capable enough to live on their own, (Tasmanian Devil, 3).
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Adaptations

The Tasmanian Devil is nocturnal and so because of that it is easier for them to stay hidden and hunt their prey, and also be protected from predators such as people. With their sharp teeth they are used to eating meat. They also use their teeth by showing them off to protect themselves. They are comfortable in normal weather and mating during March and February. With their powerful legs they are used to climbing on rocks. (Marsupial Mice and Cats, Tasmanian Devil: Dasyuridae).

Other Info

  • They used to be found in Australia but had been hunted because of its tendency to eat livestock from farms. This is one of the reasons they are very rare (Tasmanian Devil, 3)
  • They are endangered because of a facial tumor which is a type of cancer killing a lot of Tasmanian Devils (Tasmanian Devil, 3)
  • Sarcophilus harrisii is the scientific name for the Tasmanian Devil (Tasmanian Devil, 3)
  • They are marsupials (Tasmanian Devil, 3)
  • They are nocturnal (Tasmanian Devil, 3)
  • Only live for 5 years (Tasmanian devil, 2)

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