Endangered Tasmanian Devil screeches and stinks if upset


The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), “the devil”, is a flesh eating marsupial

in the wild on the island in the state of Tasmania, Australian.

The size of a small dog, but stocky and muscular, the Tasmanian Devil is now the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It has black fur and gives off an offensive odor and screeches extremely loudly and ferocity when feeding or stressed. It is will hunt prey and scavenge carrion normally alone using its wiskers to find prey.

The Tasmanian Devil is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial in Australia. It has a squat and thick build, with a large head and a tail which is about half its body length. The devil stores body fat in its tail, so unhealthy devils often have thin tails. Unusual for a marsupial, its forelegs are slightly longer than its hind legs. Devils can run up to 13 km (8.1 mi) per hour for short distances. The fur is usually black, although irregular white patches on the chest and rump.
The devil has long whiskers on its face and in clumps on the top of the head. These help the devil locate prey when foraging in the dark, and helps sense the location other devils are close during feeding. When agitated, the devil can produce a strong odor, its pungency rivaling even the skunk. It has acute hearing and a keen sense of smell. Since devils hunt at night, their vision seems to be strongest in black and whiteand  can detect moving objects but has difficulty seeing stationary objects.

The devil has the strongest bite of any living mammal his size.

image and excerpts courtesy:  Australian-Wildlife.com http://www.tassiedevil.com.au/seedevils.html


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