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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tasmanian Devils

This is a picture a a Tasmanian Devil.

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So cute right? Many people don't think that Tasmanian Devils are real, well they ARE. Tasmanian Devils live in Tasmania, a large island just south of Australia. Tasmania is the only place where they're found in the wild. They are the largest carnivorous marsupials in the world. They  strictly survive on small prey and already dead animals, called carrion. Marsupials are animals that have pouches on their bellies for  carrying their babies. Full-grown Tasmanian Devils are about the size of a small dog. Males are generally a bit bigger than females. They have coarse brown or black fur and a pudgy appearance that makes them look like bear cubs. But don't let their cuteness fool you, they have sharp teeth a strong jaws that help them deliver one of the strongest bites among any mammal around the world. Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal, spending their days in burrows, hollow logs, and caves. They use their excellent sense of sight and smell to avoid predators and locate prey and carrion. They're voracious eaters and will consume anything, including hair, organs, and bones. Their Latin scientific name is Sarcophilus harrisii. That means Harris's meat lover. Harris is the name of the scientist who discovered the Tasmanian devil. When threatened or excited, the ears of the Tasmanian Devil will turn bright red. An angry Tasmanian Devil will often point its tail straight up in the air. One of the Tasmanian Devils favourite foods are Wombats. I didn't even know that Tasmanian Devils were real! Bye from me, Maya the Cat :)

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