The Tasmanian Devil's mouth is comparable to that of a "hammer head" shark's. There have been reports of Tasmanian Devil's consuming stray pets such as dogs in only two bites.
The Tasmanian Devil is a dangerous creature.
No. Skunks are placental mammals of the family Mephitidae.
Tasmanian devils are marsupials of the family Dasyuridae.
The first recorded instance of DFTD began in the 1990s. DFTD means the Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease, a fatal condition which causes cancers around the face and head of Tasmanian Devils. It first appears as small lesions and lumps around the animal's mouth which grow quite quickly, inhibiting the Devil's ability to feed. They slowly starve to death, whilst their their bodily functions gradually break down. It spreads from animal to animal through them biting each other, and given that this is natural behaviour for Devils, it means that the disease can quickly spread through a population.
It is not known for certain what initiated DFTD. Tasmanian devils, being restricted now to just the Australian island of Tasmania, have limited genetic diversity in their wild population. The disease is believed to have started from a chance mutation in the far north east region of Tasmania, in Mount William National Park. Other theories have suggested this is a result of the Devils' weaker immune system not being able to cope with the pesticides used in agriculture.
In 2010, an international team of scientists discovered that cells which protect peripheral nerves are probably to blame for the Devil Facial Tumour Disease. These cells, known as Schwann cells, have provided the necessary information about the genetic marker resnsible for the disease, and have helped scientists move closer to discovering a vaccine.
The Tasmanian devil does not live in a burrow, but it may shelter in an old wombat burrow, or under shrubbery and undergrowth. It is known to dig burrows to reach food underground.
Similarities between the Tasmanian devil and the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat include:
Tasmanian devils perform a very important function within their niche. They feed on carrion, which is the carcasses of dead animals, thereby cleaning up the environment. Apart from the native quoll and the introduced fox, there are no other mammal predators in Tasmania, so the Tasmanian devil is an important link in the food chain.
The Tasmanian Devil is a marsupial. Specifically, it is a Dasyurid or carnivorous marsupial, so it is in the family Dasyuridae.
The Tasmanian Devil is a mammal, therefore it has four legs
The Tasmanian devil, the largest living marsupial carnivore, earned its common name because of its blood-curdling nocturnal screams.
"Sarcophilus Harrisi," which means "Harris's flesh lover."
The Tasmanian devil does not get "angry". By instinct, it is territorial, and will fight noisily with other Tasmanian devils for food and territory. When a Tasmanian devil shows aggression because it is defending its territory, it does so by any of the following means:
No.. the Tasmanian devil is simply just an animal in the regular food chain... Humans... however at the top of the food chain... which means humans should not be scared of tasmainian devils
The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in Tasmania. Being at the top of the food chain, the Tasmanian devil has no native predators. Birds of prey are some danger to young Tasmanian Devils, but given that these creatures spend most of their time in dense bushland, there is little opportunity for hawks or kites to carry off young Tasmanian devils.
Introduced foxes (an unfortunate recent addition to Tasmania) and feral dogs may have a go at younger Devils, but are not considered a major threat.
yes Tasmanian devils are nice they're the one how try to keep us from littering in the first place
The Tasmanian Devil lives to about 6 years in the wild, but can live up to 8 years in captivity.
The Tasmanian devil is a marsupial so, like most (not all) marsupials, it has a pouch to protect its joeys while they are developing. The young joeys are born extremely undeveloped and must compete for a teat in the pouch. Tasmanian devils can actually give birth to up to 20 joeys at a time, but having only four teats, this means most of the young die.
Tasmanian devils are subject to a variety of cancers, but by far the worst one is the Devil Facial Tumour Disease. DFTD causes facial lesions which increase in size until the Tasmanian devil can no longer eat, and becomes susceptible to infections. DFTD has killed more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 45% of adults in medium to low density areas. At present, no Devils are being taken into captivity with existing captive animals in the hope that the current captive ones will be kept safe from the spread of this disease. The disease spreads through biting - and this is very common in Devils as they are natural fighters, battling tooth and claw for every morsel of food. Only the western third of Tasmania is currently free of the disease. 60% of the state is affected.
Currently there is no cure for the disease, and scientists estimate that unless the disease can be stopped in some way, Tasmanian Devils will be extinct within two decades. The Devils seem to be particularly vulnerable to this because of their genetic makeup: they have particularly low levels of genetic diversity and a chromosomal mutation which is unique among carnivorous mammals. It is hoped that, by studying this genetic makeup, scientists will be able to develop a vaccine and/or cure.
In January 2010, scientists isolated the genetic marker for the disease, and this is a big step towards finding a cure. Also, scientists have recently reported promising results in cancer cures from a drug manufactured from a certain type of brushwood in the North Queensland tropical rainforests. This has worked successfully in trials on cancerous tumours in cats, dogs and horses, and as well as being hoped to be a potential cure in human cancers, it is also hoped to be able to be used against DFTD. A number of groups have combined to fund, study, analyse and come up with a cure for DFTD. You can find out more about it or assist by going to the attached Web Page and selecting one of the options.
The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial mammal that is native to Tasmania. It is a member of the group of animals known as Dasyurids, which simply means the carnivorous marsupials.
Tasmanian devils have dozens of tiny bumps on the rather large pads of their feet which appear to act as gripping pads. The friction created by the pads gives them better contact with surfaces for running. It gives the animal better speed and agility when in pursuit of prey.
Younger, lighter Tasmanian devils use the pads to help them climb, but they are not arboreal (tree-dwelling) creatures. It is believed that, because young devils are sometimes prey of larger ones, climbing trees helps them to escape.
The Tasmanian devil is not extinct and so does not need to be brought back. They do, however, need to be safeguarded for the future.
Scientists are breeding Tasmanian Devils in captivity to limit the spread of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). This disease is a great threat to Tasmanian devils living in the wild, affecting some two-thirds of the population. The Australian Government now has initiatives and programs set up to preserve the species. Tasmanian devils are being housed in captive breeding programmes, which should prevent the extinction of the marsupial, but not necessarily in the wild. In January 2010, a team of international scientists pinpointed the genetic marker that predisposes Tasmanian devils towards this fatal disease. With this knowledge, there is now a better chance of a cure, which would also stop the disease decimating the wild Tasmanian devil population.
it looks bony
All tough its is illegal to harm the Tasmanian devil heaps are killed on the road each year, but the main problem is their tumours. They can get these tumours on their faces which can harm them and also kill them.