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Mammal. Tasmanian Devil. Tasmanian Devil. Starts of as a baby. Habitat. Tasmanian Devil lives at Tasmania Mountains. They hide at shelter during the day and they hunt at the night. Breeding.

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tasmanian devil
Tasmanian Devil
  • Starts of as a baby
habitat
Habitat
  • Tasmanian Devil lives at Tasmania Mountains. They hide at shelter during the day and they hunt at the night.
breeding
Breeding
  • Devils usually mate in march and the young are born in April. Gestation is 21 days. More young are born than can be accommodated in the mother's backward-opening pouch, which has 4 teats. Although 4 pouch young sometimes survive, the average number is 2 or 3. Each young, firmly attached to a teat, is carried in the pouch for about 4 months. After this time the young start venturing out of the pouch and are then left in a simple den - often a hollow log. Young are weaned at 5 or 6 months of age, and are thought to have left the mother and be living alone in the bush by late December. They probably start breeding at the end of their second year. Longevity is up to 7-8 years.
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Diet
  • The devil is mainly a scavenger and feeds on whatever is available. Powerful jaws and teeth enable it to completely devour its prey ,bones, fur and all. Wallabies, and various small mammals and birds, are eaten ,either as carrion or prey. Reptiles, amphibians, insects and even sea squirts have been found in the stomachs of wild devils. Carcasses of sheep and cattle provide food in farming areas. Devils maintain bush and farm hygiene by cleaning up carcasses. This can help reduce the risk of blowfly strike to sheep by removing food for maggots.
  • Devils are famous for their rowdy communal feeding at carcasses -- the noise and displays being used to establish dominance amongst the pack
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