Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Dasyuridae
  Scientific Name : Sarcophilus Harrisii

                      Size : 57 - 65cm (22 - 27in)
                 Weight : 6 - 8kg (13 - 18lbs)
           Top Speed : 24km/h (15 mph)
            Life Span : 5 - 8 years

                Colour : Black, Grey, 
                                Brown, White
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : White band across chest
                                and offensive odor
                                when stressed
  1. The Tasmanian Devil is a marsupial, carrying its young in a body pouch.
  2. They are related to Kangaroos and Wombats and are only found in Tasmania.
  3. They are known for their aggressive behaviour which earned them the ‘devil’ name.
  4. They bare their sharp teeth and emit a foul smelling secretion when threatened.
  5. Their numbers are slowly declining due to a fatal epidemic that has affected them.
  6. Tasmanian Devils eat a carnivorous diet consisting mainly of snakes, birds, fish and insects.
  7. They have a strong sense of smell which keeps them safe from predators.
  8. They are nocturnal in nature and rest during the day in hollows, caves and burrows.
  9. They are known to make rough growling noises at night and creepy, high-pitched screeches.
  10. Gestation period of Tasmanian Devils is 3 weeks and babies are known as imps.
  11. About 20 – 30 imps are born at once, but not all survive.
  12. Tasmanian Devils are mammals and they suckle their young for about 4 months.
  13. They are solitary creatures and rarely found in groups except when feeding or mating.
  14. They are useful as scavengers since they eat roadkill and dead, rotting animals.

 

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