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Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

I was asked just the other day if the Tasmanian Devil is a real animal or not. They are absolutely real and this weird little critter is the perfect choice for our next zoo animal. I can't believe that November was the last time we talked zoo animals, the time has just flown!


Tasmanian Devil's have whiskers

The Tasmanin Devil looks kinda cute with it's funny little ears, rotund body and earnest facial expressions... until it opens it's mouth.

Tasmanian Devil's have sharp teeth

Although the Tasmanian Devil isn't very big, comparable in size to a fat pet rabbit, those jaws are super strong, like that of a large dog.

Tasmanian Devil's have a good sense of smell

So don't be fooled by that twitching nose, these guys are dangerous. Tasmanian Devils make a horrid screeching sound and they smell bad - anything described as pungent is going to be an acquired aroma -  and let's not forget those super strong claws either.

Tasmanian Devil's claws

Cute as a button, nasty as sin, steer clear of these little devils if you come across one while travelling around our lush island state of Tasmania.

Tasmanian Devil's at the zoo

Tasmanian Devil

Conservation status: Endangered
Distribution:  Australian island state of Tasmania including Robbins Island
Habitat: Rainforests, eucalypt forests, farmlands and even outer city suburbs.

The Tasmanian devil is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.

Sources: 
Wikipedia
Perth Zoo


Find the Tasmanian Devil in the Australian Bushwalk next to the koalas at Perth Zoo.

Tasmanian Devil's seen at Perth Zoo's Australian Bushwalk

Disclaimer: I paid to go to the zoo just like everyone else. I haven't been compensated for my time in writing this post. Perth Zoo does incredible conservation work and they need every dollar they can get to continue to support our native wildlife and to continue to contribute in world wide conservation programs.

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    1. I wouldn't want to meet one up close.

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  2. Wow small but not so cute with those jaws, I think I wont rush to have them here on tha farm, some amazing photos though! #AnimalTales

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    1. Yeah, I'd be worried about the chooks! They are carnivorous but mostly scavengers, I'm not sure what their predatory skills are like.

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  3. My daughter had Australia as her topic at school in the UK before we moved here to SA and she was obsessed (for some reason!) with Tasmanian devils. She wants to visit Tasmania to see one; at least now I know that if we do go to Australia we are likely to land in Perth as that is the closest place to fly to - we can still see them there!

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    1. That's quite a change from the usual little girl obsession of horses. Your daughter sounds like a real character and smart too. I hope she gets the chance to see Tasmanian Devils in the flesh one day.

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  4. Looks scary, especially the third photo! But looks nothing like the Tasmanian devil in the cartoon ;) #animaltales

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    1. I must admit - I didn't even realise the cartoon character was meant to be a Tasmanian Devil. I obviously didn't pay much attention as a child.

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  5. For a moment there I thought you had found one in your backyard. They sure do look scary when they open their mouths.

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    1. I'm really glad I don't have to worry about one of these showing up in my backyard.

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  6. Cute little devils! I was awarded with seeing these in a zoo as a kid, and a couple of them started fighting - It did look something like the tornado in the cartoons :) Quick and noisy little creatures!

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    1. I didn't seem them having a fight, that would have been something. It sounds like it was memorable.

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    1. It sure does, I wouldn't want to upset one.

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  8. what amazing photos. I loved seeing the real thing as I had the cartoon animation in my mind. Now I know what they look like. Angela stopping by from #AnimalTales

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    1. They are quite different in real life from Tas in the cartoons.

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  9. Aww, he's so cute! Love him. Visiting zoos and aquariums are my favorite vacation things to do. Maybe I'll make it out your way someday

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    1. I would love to take you to all our local zoo's - they're pretty awesome.

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  10. It looked so cute and cuddly!! UNTIL it opened its mouth!! Yikes!
    Hey, thanks for making my question into a post! Cool!
    Melinda

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    1. My pleasure =) I wasn't sure you would want me to mention who asked the question. ;)

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  11. I'd love to see a Tasmanian Devil although perhaps not face to face in the wild! Many thanks for adding more of your wonderful antipodean wildlife to #AnimalTales

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    1. I don't think I would want to meet one face to face in the wild or in captivity without a nice big dividing fence.

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  12. Oh wow they are amazing. I have never seen one in real life. Would they attack you in the wild?

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    1. I think any scared animal attack. I don't think they would attack for any other reason though, they are not territorial.

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  13. nothing at all like the ones on the cartoons :) They are kind of ugly though really, like a really big rat kind of thing.

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    1. I prefer to think of them as a wombat with a long face.

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