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Tasmanian Devil

Sarcophilus harrisii

Description:

The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal,



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8 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 7 years ago

Please consider adding this to the "Marsupials of the World" mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8445...

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago

Shea, the Tasmanian devil is only found wild in Tasmania, where it's numbers have declined by as much as 90% due to DFTD.

Darren's spotting in Victoria was of a captive animal. Zoos and reserves are trying to breed healthy insurance populations, in case they are needed to repopulate the wild. Also, devils are nocturnal, so outside of a zoo you would never see one in the daytime.

DarrenC
DarrenC 7 years ago

thanks SusanEllison,
And no HeatherMiller I don't believe there is any known cure are reason it has started

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

great sighting. I am glad to see one spotted.

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 7 years ago

Is there a treatment for the contagious cancer? That seems horribly devastating to a population. Does anyone know why it started? Are they stressed more than normal?

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 7 years ago

That's aweful... I wish I could join the team of scientists trying to help them!

DarrenC
DarrenC 7 years ago

it is a terrible disease, the only cancer that is contagious.. its wiped out half the population

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 7 years ago

Great spotting! Glad to see this little guy hasn't been infected by the facial disease!!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.65, Long: 145.52

Spotted on May 14, 2011
Submitted on May 14, 2011

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