Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil ©tasmanpeninsula.com.au

Order Dasyuromorphia

Family Dasyuridae

Scientific Name

Sarcophilus harrisii

Other Names

Devil

Thumbnail Description

It is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial

Size and Weight

(Male) Head-body length 652 mm (25.7 in), tail 258 mm (10.2 in);

Weight 8 kg (18 lb)

Physical Features

The fur is usually black, often with irregular white patches on the chest and rump

Habitat

Dense riparian vegetation, thick grass tussocks and caves

Distribution

Australia (Tasmania)

Diet

Bettong and potoroos, domestic mammals (including sheep), birds, fish, fruit, vegetable matter, insects, tadpoles, frogs and reptiles

Reproduction

20 – 30

Population

10,000 – 25,000

Baby Name

Pups, imps, and joeys

Lifespan

5 years (wild)

7 years (captivity)

Speed

13 km/h (8.1 mph)

Nature

Solitary

Conservation Status

Endangered