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Tasmanian Devils - Distribution

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Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii or Sarcophilus laniarus) live only in Tasmania and are found from the coast to mountains. Their natural habitat is dry bush and scrub land. According to fossils found in Australia, at one time these animals occurred on the mainland, but became extinct about 500 years ago, even before European settlement began. It is believed that the dingo has ousted the Tasmanian devil from Australia.

Tasmanian Devils - Description

Tasmanian devils are the world's largest living carnivorous marsupials. Their body size varies greatly depending on habitat and available food. The average size is like a small dog. The body of a Tasmanian devil resembles that of a small bear. The animal is black or brownish and has a white throat patch and white spots on the sides.

The average weight of these animals is 8-9 kg. The largest of which reaches up to 12 kg in weight and 30 cm high at the shoulders. The body length is about 60-65 cm. The tail is at least two thirds of the body length. The legs are short. The skull of a Tasmanian devil is flat and all the teeth are crowded together to give the mouth a powerful look. The upper incisors are rather long and sharp. Tasmanian devils live about 6-7 years both in the wild and in captivity.




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