The Tasmanian devil is the scavenger of the forest, eating left-over carcasses and other dead animals.
The Tasmanian devil is the scavenger of the forest, eating left-over carcasses and other dead animals. Without it, diseases would be more rampant in the forest, placing other animals in danger. The Tasmanian devil has strong, heavy molars and powerful jaws that tear and crush its food, which can include the bone and fur of dead animals. However, these powerful teeth were originally used to eat plants.
Mulgara, kowari, northern quoll
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Dasyuromorphia (dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores)
GENUS/SPECIES: Sarcophilus laniarius
Size: 23–26 in (0.6–0.7 m)
Weight: 13–18 lbs (6–8 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Carrion
Habitat: Forests of Tasmania, in dense underbrush