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Endangered
Threat Level
Endangered

(Sarcophilus harrisii)

Tasmanian Devils are the largest living carnivorous marsupial (Dasyurid) in Australia. They have sharp powerful claws and a backward facing pouch. Male devils have a head to body length of 652mm. Females are smaller, reaching only 570mm in length. Male Tasmanian Devils can weigh up to 12kg, and females up to 10kg. Each Devil has distinctive white markings on their chest, which is used like a fingerprint to identify individuals.

Habitat

More than 5000 years ago, Tasmanian Devils were common on mainland Australia. Today, they are only found in Tasmania. They are however, found in virtually every type of habitat occurring in Tasmania, including suburban fringes. As Tasmanian Devils are shy, nocturnal creatures they are rarely seen in the wild.

Diet

Tasmanian Devils often scavenge dead animals (carrion) found on roadsides. Sadly, many of them are hit by cars while feeding. Tasmanian Devils travel up to 16km in search of food. They can devour an entire prey item, bones and all! A male Tasmanian Devil is capable of consuming one quarter of its own body weight in one feeding session.

Breeding

Female Tasmanian Devils commonly raise two young at one time. Joeys live in the pouch for almost four months. Once they emerge, joey devils remain in a den for a further few months, before leaving to learn the skills required for survival.


Tasmanian Devil Profiles

Ebony

Ebony

Age: 2 Years (DOB 20/4/2011)

Sex: Female

This is one of the cutest devils that you will ever meet! She was born on the 20th April 2011 and is one of 5 devil joeys born this season.

She has a huge personality and is always after a belly scratch with her keepers, she loves to wrestle with her brothers and always puts them in their place.

When it comes to play time, she is quick to steal the toys to play with by herself. Her little eyes are just amazing the way she looks at you just draws you in, and when it's time to say good night she will always rush over for one last cuddle!


Raine

Raine

Age: 2 Years (DOB 20/4/2011)

Sex: Female

Raine was born here at Australia zoo in 2011, and though she is the smallest of our devils, what she lacks in size she makes up for in personality!

Raine loves to be vocal and makes sure everyone is listening to her! Her favourite activity is going out on walks in the zoo, where she gets to explore the park and meet all of our guests, sniffing around at all the interesting scents that are left behind.

Raine is a tomboy at heart and loves getting dirty and wrestling with her siblings; she can be quite cheeky too and will often be seen sneaking up to grab their tails.

Big personality sums up this pint sized little girl, she just loves life and we just love her.