Tasmanian Devil

Addison Wargo Period 3 5/16/16

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Tasmanian Devils live in only one place in the world, Tasmania, a island off of Australia. Although these devils can live anywhere on the island, they prefer coastal scrublands and forests (National Geographic). Tasmanian Devils usually make their dens in rocks, caves, and or logs, also in tree roots (National Geographic). Tasmanian Devils used to live on the mainland of Australia but due to over killing and hunting you now can only find them in Tasmania and in wildlife preserves. Devils are mostly solitary (lives alone).


Tasmanian Devils primarally walk and run on four paws/feet. They can run faster than a human on rougher terrain but on smoother terrain they fall just short. Devils can run up to 10 mph for many kilometers (Parks and Wildlife Service). Tasmanian Devils also are very good climbers. Although they don't have retractible claws like cats they have a good gripping ability with their front paws and hind paws (Parks and Wildlife Service). Surprisingly these devils are very good at swimming too.
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The Tasmanian Devil kind of looks like a small bear or dingo. It can grow up to 1-2 inches including the tail and weigh up to 12-20 pounds or more. Devils are well built low to the ground animals with a short heavy head (National geographic). It has a pinkish white snout with powerful jaw muscles, accompanied by very sharp teeth (International Wildlife encyclopedia,2487). Tasmanian Devils have small eyes and big pink ears. Devils have brown or black fur with a white stripe across the chest area, rump, shoulders and occasionally the tail (National Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2487). Tasmanian devils are vertebrates (have a spine).
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The devil feeds on any flesh dead or alive, and it will even pull down animals larger than itself (International wildlife Encyclopedia,2487). Tasmanian Devils are strictly carnivores. They are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and hunt at night. Most of its diet makes up of small wallabies, rat kangaroos, small mammals, birds and lizards. Also it is though that crayfish and frogs may be apart of their diet because Tasmanian Devils are sometimes seen on river banks (International Wildlife Encyclopedia,2487).
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The Tasmanian Devil's breeding habits are very unusual. In April the males and females come together but they do not mate for nearly two weeks (International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2487).During this time the male does not let the female out of the den. After they have mated the female is a savage and snarls and bites at the male whenever he comes near (International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2487). Tasmanian Devils are marsupials so that means they hold their young in a pouch. The baby devils will stay in the mothers pouch for about 15 weeks (International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2487). Tasmanian Devils reach their sexually peak around their second year. They may live for 7-8 years, or more (International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 2487).
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Tasmanian Devils adapt to their surroundings very well. They have sharp teeth and strong jaws to devour carcasses and Tasmanian devils have dark coats to help camouflage with the surrounding jungle (Australian Museum). Devils don't really have a lot of predators except baby devils need to look out for birds of prey. When stressed or in danger Tasmanian Devils will release a foul oder kind of like a skunk. Also Tasmanian Devils have a spine chilling scream (hence the name Tasmanian DEVIL) that they use when they feel threatened (Australian Museum).

Other Info

  • seconded largest marsupial of the living carnivorous marsupials
  • endangered
  • can eat up to 5 to 10 percent of their body weight
  • not very dangerous to people but will defend itself
  • McKimson, an animator, illustrator and director for Warner Brothers, based his ‘Looney Tunes’ character Taz on the real-life carnivorous nature and voracious appetite of the Tasmanian Devil
  • Tasmanian devil has one of the strongest bites in the animal world: 1200 pounds per square inch, which means that it can bite through the metal trap
  • stores fat in its tail
  • mostly solitary
  • Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) is an aggressive non-viral transmissible parasitic cancer among Tasmanian devils. The first official case of DFTD was described in 1996 in
  • Tasmanian Devil’s scientific name is Sarcophilus harrisii -it mean Harris’ meat eater

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Work Cited

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"Tasmanian Devil." Wildlife Manegement. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2016.


"Tasmanian Devil." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2016.

"Tasmanian Devil Facts." Softschools.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.

"Tasmanian Devil." Australian Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.

"Tasmanian Devil." The Animal Spot. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2016.