Tasmanian devils are small marsupials with ratlike features, sharp teeth and coarse black or brown fur Average devil size - The Tasmanian devil is just 20 to 31 inches (51 to 79 centimeters) tall and weighs only 9 to 26 lbs. (4 to 12 kilograms) At birth, the imps(devil pups) must race to the mother's pouch, where they compete for one of her four teats. Only those four will have a chance of surviving; the others will die due to malnourishment. Babies stay in their pouch for four months. Once they come out, they are weaned, and the mother will carry the imps on her back. By eight to nine months, the imps are fully grown
Whilst they are still in the forests and wild ...there number is dropping , why there is so many places in tasmania and australia taking part in breeding in captivity. Inhabiting coastal scrub and forest areas, they make their dens anywhere they can safely sleep during the day, including hollow logs, old wombat burrows, and naturally-formed caves. Trowunna Wildlife Park has been recognized for meeting positive animal welfare outcomes....part of the (ZAA) Accreditation Program
Very few wild devils live longer than 5 years. In captivity, they may live a few more years. Trowunna wildlife center has 15 new (imps) pups this breeding season - 5 generations in the park at present. Its very exciting. The greatest current threat to numbers across Tasmania is the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). It’s a fatal condition that is restricted to devils, characterised by cancers around the mouth and head. Conservation - The Tasmanian devil is protected on the island of Tasmania. Efforts have been made to sustain their population there. Being hit by cars is a major case of death for the devils, as they often feed on roadkill. The Tasmanian devils are also susceptible to Devil Facial Tumour Disease, which has dramatically decreased the population in the past 10 years. As such, they have been listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List.
Lat: -41.55, Long: 146.45
Spotted on Nov 3, 2014
Submitted on Nov 4, 2014
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