Tasmanian devil

‘Taz’, a well-known character of ‘Looney Tunes’ is a Tasmanian devil

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The early European settlers called them Tasmanian devils due to their black coats, bad-temper, and they emit terrifying screeching sounds that are spine-chilling. Despite their small size, they have one of the strongest bites of all animals due to their powerful jaws and muscles, allowing them to destroy the bones of their meal.

Although they are clumsy on the ground, they are excellent tree climbers and can travel up to 16km (10 miles) per night. They are being listed as Endangered as, in 2001, their population had shrunk by 60% due to cancer called ‘devil facial tumor disease (DFTD).

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
10,000-25,000
Official estimate
EN
2008
Tasmania

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No