Today I want to write about a scary looking animal with powerful jaws, the Tasmanian devil.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These little guys grow up to 80 cm long, making them the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world.
- Tasmanian devils hunt and eat a wide range of animals, including wombats and other small marsupials, birds, reptiles, frogs and livestock up to the size of sheep. They also use their excellent sense of smell to find carrion. They have very powerful jaws which they use to bite through large bones and they often eat the entire animal, leaving nothing behind. They have one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom for their size.
- They get their names from their horrible screams that sound very scary at night-time.
- Tasmanian devils start breeding from the age of 2 and give birth to 20-30 young at a time, although the female only has four teats in her pouch, so only the first four babies to find a teat survive.
- Tasmanian devils were found on mainland Australia until about 3,000 years ago when competition with dingoes killed them off. Now they are only found on the island of Tasmania where their numbers have dropped significantly, mainly due to the spread of devil facial tumour disease, a deadly cancer that spreads through biting. They are considered endangered, but there are efforts to save these amazing animals.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Tasmania devils?