Is there really a devil in Tasmania?

Yes! And as comical as it is, the familiar Looney Tunes portrayal of a Tasmanian devil as a seething, snarling, insatiable lunatic is, at times, not all that far from the truth...

These famously feisty mammals have a coat of coarse brown or black fur and a stocky profile that gives them the appearance of a baby bear.

The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest carnivorous marsupial, reaching 30 inches in length and weighing up to 26 pounds. Although, its size will vary widely depending on its specific range, and the availability of food. 

Its oversized head houses sharp teeth, and strong, muscular jaws that can deliver one of the most powerful bites of any mammal!

Devils are solitary and nocturnal, spending their days alone in hollow logs, caves, or burrows, and emerging at night to feed. They use their long whiskers and excellent sense of smell and sight to avoid predators and locate prey.

They'll eat pretty much anything they can get their teeth on, and when they do find food, they are pretty greedy, and will consume everything - including hair, organs, and bones!

Tasmanian devils are notoriously bad-tempered, and will fly into a maniacal rage when threatened by a predator, fighting for a mate, or defending a meal.

Once abundant throughout Australia, Tasmanian devils are now indigenous only to the island state of Tasmania. Their Tasmanian range encompasses the entire island, although they are partial to coastal scrub-lands and forests.