Tasmanian devil standing on tall green grass

Tasmanian devil

A misunderstood marsupial

Type

Image of a giant panda

Mammals

Area

Australia

Australia

Endangered Status

Endangered

facts

size
22 to 26
inches in length; plus tail
A soccer ball is 9 inches high.
Tasmanian evil compared to a soccer ball
food
meat
birds, mammals, carrion
Carnivore
meat eater
habitat
woodlands,
forest, scrubland, more
Woodland Habitat

During the day, Tasmanian devils find shelter under stones, in caves, bushes, old wombat burrows, or hollow logs.

description

Tasmanian devil with mouth open

They only sound scary

Found only in Tasmania (off Australia), 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 devil baby

Pouch patrol

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 devil on tree stump

A "big" meat eater

Tasmanian devils eat meat, not plants. In fact they are the largest marsupial carnivore in the world. These interesting animals mostly eat carrion, or dead animals. But they also hunt small animals at times.