Animal Guide: Tasmanian Devil


Tasmanian Devil says: you’re stronger than you think

Tasmanian Devils come out to play at night, roaming their turf and scavenging for food. Their loud screeching and rowdy group feeding has lent them their name, and a fierce reputation. Powerful jaws and teeth allow them to eat every part of their prey leaving nothing behind. They aren’t picky when it comes to their meals, eating whatever meat they find.

Tasmanian Devils are the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and have been through many trials during their long history. Their strength, adaptability and resourcefulness has surely helped them. Tasmanian Devils reminds us that, under pressure, we have more strength and endurance than we might realise.


Habitat and Distribution

Although once found on mainland Australia, for the last approx. 400 years they have been solely found in Tasmania. When European settlers arrived in Tasmania the devils were treated as pests, being poisoned and trapped, until in 1941 a law was passed to protect them. 

They can be found all over Tasmania and enjoy living in areas with good hiding places to disappear into during daylight hours.

Unfortunately the devil's status has been upgraded to 'Endangered'. Their greatest threat today, is the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) which has considerably reduced their numbers.(i)

(i) Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania,