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Tasmanian Devil

on November 9, 2010

The Tasmanian devil is the scavenger of the forest, eating left-over carcasses and other dead animals.

Design

Tasmanian Devil

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.

Features

  • This small marsupial is covered with short, black fur with white markings on its throat. White patches may also be seen on its side and rump.
  • The Tasmanian devil is energetic and curious, and it travels long distances each night looking for its food.

Fun Facts

  • During a fight, the ears of a Tasmanian devil can turn red.
  • When under stress, the Tasmanian devil can release a strong, foul odor.
  • When a group of Tasmanian devils feeds together at a carcass, harsh screeching and spine-chilling screams can be heard.

Created Kind Members

Mulgara, kowari, northern quoll

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Dasyuromorphia (dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores)
FAMILY: Dasyuridae
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

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