Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.
What is a Tasmanian Devil?
Imagine you are on a far-away island and are walking near the coast. The quiet, starry night is suddenly pierced by loud, vicious screams, snarls and growls in the distance! You've never heard anything like it before! You're listening to Tasmanian devils eating dinner!
You may have seen a Tasmanian devil running around in cartoons, but the real ones are even more interesting, and they aren't really devils. A Tasmanian devil is a small, fierce, mostly black animal with strong jaws and sharp teeth. They only weigh between 9 and 26 pounds, which is about the same as a small dog.
These animals are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night. During the day, they rest in places like burrows, tree logs and caves.
Tasmanian devils got their name because they are vicious when fighting, have creepy growls when hunting, and bone-chilling screams when they are in a group eating!
While they are very good at fighting and defending themselves, they would rather run away from danger. They don't hunt and attack people, but they will protect themselves, so they should be left alone. You can tell when a Tasmanian devil is upset because the skin in its ears turns bright red!
Where Do Tasmanian Devils Live?
The only place you're likely to see a Tasmanian devil in the U.S. is at a zoo. Tasmanian devils are only found in the wild on a small island off the continent of Australia called Tasmania. They like the forests and scrublands near the coast and are mostly found in those areas.
Tasmanian devils are marsupials, which are animals that carry their babies in a pouch of skin on the mother's stomach. Just like baby kangaroos do! They stay in there for 4 months before coming out and hitching a ride on her back!
When they are young, Tasmanian devils are very good at climbing trees! As they get older and bigger, they aren't very good climbers anymore. Just like young Tasmanian devils, you are probably better at climbing trees than your mom or dad.
What Do Tasmanian Devils Eat?
Tasmanian devils are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. Because they have such strong jaws and sharp teeth, they are able to eat the entire animal, including its fur and bones! As you might guess, these animals aren't choosy about what they eat, and can go as many as ten miles a night to find food.
They eat snakes, birds, fish, insects and animals that are already dead. They will even eat dead animals that are rotting!
They store fat in their tail so they can break it down for energy when there isn't enough food. You know a Tasmanian devil is healthy if it has a fat tail.
Tasmanian devils are small, fierce, mostly black animals with strong jaws and sharp teeth. They are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, and are marsupials and carry their babies in a pouch of skin on their stomach. Tasmanian devils are carnivores, eating only meat.
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