Contrary to their depiction in the Looney Tunes™ cartoons, the Tasmanian devil does not spin like a mini tornado. They do have one heck of a bite and have tempers too. They are fierce predators and love eating. They don’t get very large but they are a force to be reckoned with. These little devils are cute with black fur sporting various white markings on their chest and shoulders. This article is on special request from my buddy, Jaz.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Sarcophilus harrisii
Weight: Up to 18 lbs.
Length: Up to 2.1 feet
Lifespan: Up to 8 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) The Tasmanian devil is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.
2.) Tasmanian devils get their namesake sue to their ferocious mating behavior and during eating. Also because of the very loud screeching noise that they produce.
3.) These devils eat fish, snakes, insects, birds, and even carrion (dead animals). When they catch their prey they consume it all, bones, fur and all!
4.) The devil will eat approximately 10% of its body weight each day.
5.) Not only do they have a powerful bite, but they also have great vision and sense of smell.
But wait, there’s more on the Tasmanian devil!
6.) Fat is stored in the tail. The tail in the healthy animals is thick and swollen, while sickly animals have a skinny tail.
7.) Tasmanian devils are not very fast runners (only 15 miles per hour). However, they can run for extended periods of time (up to 1 hour without resting). They are also great and climbing and swimming.
Did you know…?
They have among the strongest bite of any mammal at 1,200 pounds per square inch. This means that it can bite through flesh and even bone!
8.) They are primarily active at night, making them nocturnal.
9.) In stressful scenarios, a devil will release a pungent odor to chase away predators.
10.) Babies spend their first four months in the mother’s pouch.