Tasmanian Devil Facts for Kids

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  • Tasmanian Devil’s scientific name is Sarcophilus harrisii -it mean Harris’ meat eater.
  • Tasmanian Devils only live in Tasmania an island state of Australia.
  • Tasmanian Devils are mostly black usually have white hair on their chest or back.
  • They are an endangered species.
  • They are nocturnal meaning they sleep during the day and are up at night.
  • Tasmanian Devil’s are carnivores- meaning they eat meat.
  • They are scavengers, they perfer to eat animals that are already dead. Some of the things they eat are baby kangaroos, dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, birds, frogs and deer
  • Tasmanian Devils are marsupials (the females have a pouch)
  • Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world!
  • Tasmanian Devils males are around 18 pounds and 25 inches long, females weigh around 13 pounds and 22 inches long.
  • When Tasmanian Devils feel like they are in danger they will let out a shrieking sound and show their teeth.
  • Tasmanian Devils like to spend their time alone.
  • During the day they sleep in logs, caves or burrows.
  • A Tasmanian Devil mother is pregnant for 21 days.
  • A mother gives birth to 20-40 devil’s per pregnancy, they are the size of a grain of rice when they are born.
  • A mother can fit 4 baby devil’s in her pouch.  When they are born they race to the pouch the first 4 that make it survive.
  • A baby Tasmanian Devil is called a joey.
  • On average a Tasmanian Devil lives 5-6 years but can live up to 8 years.
  • Tasmanian Devils often surfer from a disease called facial tumor disease (DFTD). The disease causes large lumps that form on head and mouth.  The lumps make it hard from them to eat causing them to starve to death.