Hunter the tasmanian devil

common nameconservation status
Tasmanian DevilEndangered (EN)
scientific namesize
Sarcophilus harrisii51-79 cm (20-31 in)
familyweigh
Dasyuridae4-12 kg (9-26 lbs)
orderlifespan
 Dasyuromorphia5-8 years
class gestation period
Mammalia 21 days
 population diet
 An estimated of 10,000-25,000 individuals They usually eat carrion of dead animals and hunt preys up to the size of a small kangaroo. Wombats are their favorite food.
habitatrange
They are found on all habitats on the Tasmania island, including the outskirts of urban areas.All over Tasmania and the small Robbins Island off its north coast.

Did you know...

1.

It is the largest carnivorous marsupial left after the extinction of the marsupial wolf. It is the size of a small dog.

 

2.

This animal is characterized by the strong unpleasant musky scent they emit as a self-defense mechanism and its quite unsettling screams. It is a very fierce animal, especially when feeding.

 

3.

It is an agile animal that can climb trees, run for a long time and swim across rivers.

 

4.

As they only live in Tasmania, they take its name from the island, even though they inhabited the Australian mainland in the past. It is believed that they went extinct because of dingoes, absent in Tasmania.

 

5.

Despite being solitary animals, they sometimes eat and locate preys with others in groups.

 

6.

They have powerful jaws and one of the strongest bite forces in the animal kingdom. They can even crush the bones of an animal if they want to eat it. Their jaw can open to 80 degrees.

7.

They store body fat in their tail to use it up when food gets scarce.

 

8.

They are marsupial animals, so their babies are gestated in the females’ womb and develop inside their marsupial pouch. Tasmanian devils can give birth to up to 30 babies about the size of a grain or rice, blind and hairless. They will have to fight to attach themselves to one of the four nipples that their mother has, so only the strongest survive.

 

9.

In the 90s, a rare disease was observed in these animals: a type of facial tumor. Despite the positive evolution of scientific research to prevent this disease from spreading, it has led to an alarming decline in the population.

 

10.

Tasmanian devils spend more time biting each other than any other species in the planet. That is why they are known by their grumpy and short-tempered personality and have been turned into animated cartoons.

 

11.

They have excellent senses of sight and smell, which are used to easily locate pray and carrion.

 

12.

They are primarily nocturnal, even though they can also be active during the day.

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