How do Tasmanian devils get their food?
The Tasmanian Devil eats insects, mammals up to the size of a wombat, and carrion. They are both hunters and scavengers.
Dingoes do not eat Tasmanian devils. There are no dingoes on the Australian island of Tasmania, and there are no Tasmanian devils remaining on the Australian mainland. When the two species co-existed on the mainland, scientists do not believe that dingoes took on Tasmanian devils as predator to prey, but that the two species were competitors for food.
Tasmanian devils are solitary creatures and do not socialise with others of their species except for the purpose of reproduction. They are very territorial, however, and will fight over food. One of the reasons the Devil Facial Tumour Disease is such a problem is that it is transmitted by the Tasmanian devils biting each other.
Did you know: Tasmanian devils belong to a group of marsupials known as "dasyurids", which are the carnivorous marsupials? Tasmanian devils are not only hunters, but also scavengers, and carrion-feeders? Tasmanian devils are subject to a disease known as Devil facial tumour Disease, or DFTD, which causes cancerous lesions over their face? Tasmanian devils gained their name of "devil" from the unearthly shrieking sounds they make as they fight over their food at night? Tasmanian…
Tasmanian devils, being carnivorous marsupials (dasyurids) are at the top of the food chain, so in their native habitat they have no natural predators. Up until around 600 years ago, there were Tasmanian devils on mainland Australia. Whilst both Tasmanian devils and dingoes are at the top of the food chain, the bigger, stronger dingo dominated in the competition for food, resulting in the extinction of the Tasmanian devil from the mainland. It is also…
Tasmanian devils adapt to changing conditions in their habitat brought about by European settlement. Land clearing has forced many of them to occupy the fringes of agricultural land, and to adapt to changed food sources. Tasmanian devils are known to feed on road kill, for example, and this shows their adaptability.