Mammal

Tasmanian devil

Area: 
Tasmania
Habitat: 
Eucalyptus forests, woodlands, scrubland, and agricultural areas
Food: 
Small mammals, birds, and carrion
Size: 
Body is 23 to 26 inches long; tail is 9 to 10 inches long
Babies: 
After they are born, joeys crawl into female’s pouch to nurse and stay safe.
Tasmanian devil babies are known as both “joeys” and “imps.”
A Misunderstood MarsupialA type of mammal that develops in a pouch.

 

 

Their name makes Tasmanian devils sound scary, but they are actually quite shy. The name “devil” may come from the sounds they make. They make eerie growls while searching for food at night. And when a group of them feeds together, they screech and scream.

 

Tasmanian devils are marsupials, like kangaroos and koalas. The babies, or joeys, are carried in their mothers pouch after being born. When they grow too big for the pouch, they ride on their mother’s back.

 

Tasmanian devils eat meat, not plants. In fact they are the largest marsupialA type of mammal that develops in a pouch. carnivoreA meat-eating animal; one who eats the flesh of other animals. in the world. These interesting animals mostly eat carrionThe remains of a dead animal that is then eaten by other animals, such as vultures and hyenas., or dead animals. But they also hunt small animals at times.