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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

The world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the devil has a thick-set, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail.The fur is mostly or wholly black, but white markings often occur on the rump and chest. Body size also varies greatly, depending on the diet and habitat. Adult males are usually larger than adult females. Large males weigh up to 12 kg, and stand about 30 cm high at the shoulder.

50cm long - about the size of a small dog.

Coastal heath, open dry sclerophyll forest, and mixed sclerophyll-rainforest.

The devil is mainly a scavenger and feeds on whatever is available. It has strong teeth and can eat the bones as well. Wallabies, various small mammals birds,reptiles, frogs, insects are eaten, either as carrion or prey. Carcasses of sheep and cattle provide food in farming areas.

Devils usually mate in March, and the young are born in April. Gestation is 21 days. The average number of young is is 2 or 3. Young are carried in the pouch for about 4 months and weaned at 5 or 6 months. The live for up to 7-8 years

Tasmania - believed the devil became extinct on the mainland about 600 years ago

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