Posted by admin6728 on Nov 21, 2014 in Tasmania Attractions | Comments Off
Once inhabiting nearly the whole of mainland Australia, the Tasmanian Devils are now found only in Tasmania – the island state of Australia. Tasmanian Devils are marsupials and nocturnal animals, which prefer to live alone rather in groups. The habitat of these nocturnal animals includes forests, countryside and shrubs swamps of towns. The deafening growl and screech that Tasmanian Devils make while having a communal feeding of carcasses has earned them the name ‘Devils.’
Tasmanian Devils have a body covered with black fur along with white markings on the chest, rump and shoulder and at times on tail. The looks of the devils are similar to that of baby bears, and their tracks are in a diamond pattern. Tasmanian Devils can reach a top speed of 13 kilometers per hour. While the average males are around 2.5 feet in height, the females are around 2 feet, both the gender weigh around 12 to 18 pounds. The sense of hearing and sense of smell of the devils are very good, with a very sharp vision.
Though they are carnivorous in their dietary habits, Tasmanian Devils are not good hunters. They mostly feed on dead animals, an eating habit which is common among the hyenas as well. From amphibians, to reptiles, birds, small mammals, kangaroos, wallabies, insects and possums these devils eat anything and everything. Tasmanian Devils are known as ‘mini-vacuum cleaners’ since they eat everything of their preys’ dead bodies including bones, fur, skin and skull. The devils are known to be noisy eaters while eating in groups.
Tasmanian Devils begin to breed in their second year, when the female devils become sexually mature. The mating time of the devils is in March. The new devils are born in April, though 20 young devils are born only 4 manage to live. By the end of the 40 weeks, the young ones become independent. Tasmanian Devils have a life span of 7 to 8 years.
Tasmanian Devils was made into a famous cartoon character Taz by the Warner Bros in 50s. This popular cartoon character has featured in a number of animated movies, commercials and television series.