Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53579

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Dasyuromorpha
Family:Dasyuridae
Genus:Sarcophilus
Genus species:Sarcophilus harrisii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:57-65 cm
Weight:7-9 kg
Identification:The Tasmanian devil has black fur with white marks on the chest and rump.
Habitat:All major habitats
Diet:Carnivore: insects, fish, birds, small mammals
Reproduction:Tasmanian devils mate in March, with births taking place in April. Even though the female will produce 40 eggs per ovulation, only four young are born. The baby Tasmanian devils remain in their mother's pouch until August and remain with her until the following January. The expected lifespan for Tasmanian devils is six years.
Tasmanian devils are usually solitary but may gather in groups at large carcasses.
Behavior:Tasmanian devils are nocturnal, non-territorial, and can be very shy.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Despite the fearful name, Tasmanian devils are said to make excellent pets when hand-reared and treated gently.

Other Information

Geographic:Tasmania Date:1974-12 Subjects:Tasmanian devil
marsupial
Sarcophilus
Dasyuridae
Dasyuromorphia
Marsupials
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals